Kamla promises to remove VAT on food

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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has made a public promise to remove Value Added Tax (VAT) on many food items.

Persad-Bissessar did so at a public political meeting Monday night, during which she criticised the Government for reinstating VAT on a number of items.

Her Government had removed the tax on those foodstuff, as one means toward poverty alleviation, she said.

She also questioned the Government’s planned action with respect to GATE.

She noted the decision to set up a review committee to re-examine the facility.

But while that committee is meeting, Government spokesmen have already revealed that a new means test will be introduced in time for the next school year.

Persad-Bissessar also took issue with SSA Bill, currently being debated in Parliament.

The legislation will permit the authorities to “spy on private citizens’ lives,” she protested.

She criticised the granting of a US $5 million loan to a private company, saying the move was unprecedented.

She stated that the company is already heavily indebted.

“Something is rotten in the state of Trinidad and Tobago,” Persad-Bissessar said.

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