"Carifesta is aimed
at unifvina Guvanese
MINISTER of Informa- part of the Indian Immigra-
tion and Culture Elvin Me tion Fund was included in
David told Parliament yes- the expenditure on Carifesta
terday that Carifesta 1972 since the first phase of a na-
was an exercise of a philo- tional cultural centre was to
sophical and cultural na- be established as part of the
ture aimed at unifying the Carifesta programme.
Guyanese people. Mr. Persaud contended
He said that the money that it was clearly stated that
provided for Carifesta the $325,000 from the In-
--$106,000 was a necessary dian Immigration Fund was
investment to provide a edo to be used for a specific pur-
hesive force in the Guy- pose.
anese society. The minister replied that
The minister told Parlia- Government, in moving
rnent that since the Opposi away from the "grim and
tion had already, expressed dark days" of PPP rule, was
its support in principle for making qualitative changes
the holding of the festival in the society and it was in
he found it contradictory keeping with the progressive
that it should question the thrust that Carifesta was be-
expenditure on the festival ing planned.
in terms of a priority pro- -Mr. McDavid declared that
ject. he was aware of a certain re-
The minister was replying ligious organisation which
to remarks from the Oppo- waseven now attempting to
sition benches about the undermine Carifesta by send-
capital expenditure by the ing out letters to foreign
Ministry of Information and countries in relation to Cari-
Culture. festa and of the Indian Im-
The exchange between the migration Fund.
minister and the Opposition He said that such an atti-
MP's marked the beginning tude was to be deplored and
of the day's debate on the at this present time the Gov
1972 Budget in Committee ernment was examining how
Stage. best the money from the
The Opposition MP's bhad fund could be utilised.
questioned the expenditure He said that it was under-
of $156,000 on what they standing for a large part of
ca 1 le d "non-productive the money in that fund be-
equipment" and also in- longed to Indian Immigrants
quired about Carifesta being who were not now around.
a priority project in the c'r- At this point the Speaker,
cumstances of the country. Mr. Sase Narain, who had
%Mr. Reepu Daman -Per- bhaeAe special committee
s'aut asked wbetber anny to carmine how 0o4t va |
money froni the Fund could
be used, intervened and re-
minded the minister that he
should restrict his reply to
the Question as to whether
the money voted for Carifes-
ta was taken from the Fund.
The minister said: "No.
The, money was not taken
from the Fund." Parliament
subsequently voted the allo-
cation for Carifesta and other
projects listed for the Minis.
try of Information and Cul-
ture for 1972.
Tuesday, December 21, 1971
From the Carifesta Clippings collection National Library of Guyana