12th of August, 2020. Georgetown, Guyana, South America.Last updated: August 12, 2020 at 21:45 pm
Sticking to your word and keeping promises after winning an election has proven to be an extremely problematic task for most political parties. After all, most political campaigns go like, “vote for us and we will give you the moon and the stars.” Here’s a good example of where the PPP/C appears to have been “caught in the slips.”
During the political campaigns leading up the March 2020 elections, the PPP/C had promised that it would not just bring back the $10,000 per month cash grant program which was scrapped by the APNU/AFC government, but it would increase it to $50,000 per month per student!
Now, I’m not sure about the fine print to that, but let’s take a look. Although it seems to have eluded the public, some are now suggesting that the $50,000 per month meant a gradual yearly increase from $10,000 over a 5-year period to drive it up to $50,000 per child by 2025. Here is a clipping from an Inews Article posted today, 12th of August, 2020:
During the campaign trail, the PPP/C had committed to a gradual increase of the cash grant during their five-year term in office. They were hopeful to be able to provide $50,000 per child.PPP/C Govt to resume cash grants for students – Inews 12th of august, 2020
Below is an actual poster that blazed the campaign trail of the March 2020 elections in Guyana.
Minister Priya Manickchand has today, 12th of August, via the Department of Public Information, announced that the $10,000 per month cash grant program will recommence now that PPP/C has returned to office. But much to the surprise of many people, she said “ten thousand” and not “fifty thousand.”
“That is a commitment we made as a political party on the campaign trail. The PPP/C has always honoured its commitment, and it’s one we intend to honour.”Priya Manickcand – 12th of August, 2020.
The Education Minister attempted to cushion the fall by reminding that the PPP/C has inherited a broken economy, but that they are determined to keep their promise of restoring the cash grant – albeit, in this scenario, to a lesser extent.
How we do that is [still being worked out]. We are in a very tight spot economically. We are talking at the Cabinet-level about submissions for the budget.priya minickchand – 12th of august, 2020
Upon taking office in 2015, the David Granger Administration had scrapped the $10,000 per student cash grant implemented by the PPP/C and said it will give bicycles, boats and buses instead.
Here are some other bold promises made by the PPP/C during the campaign trail:
- Creation of 50,000 + jobs.
- Free University Education