Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: MGO protests use of Immigration fund : Threat to call for a boycott of CARIFESTA
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Title: MGO protests use of Immigration fund : Threat to call for a boycott of CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 12/21/1971
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199611
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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MG 0 proTest& use of Immigration fund

Threat to call for

;. THEaMahafma Gandhi Or-
gnisation hAs threatened to
'callon all Latin American and
'Caribbean cultural agencies
o boycott the Caribbean
Festival of Arts' (CARIFESTA)
planned for the middle. of
next.year if government uses
the indian Iimmigration Fund
to.. build the Ciultural Cenfre
for, the Festival .
'deiertal Sweetary of theb
MGO Dr. Balwant Singh was
commenting- on a recent



statement by Minister of In-
formation and Culture, Elvin
McDavid, on the scope of the
festival and another state-
ment byDirector of the Fes-
tival, Miss Lynette Dolphin,
on the use of the money in
the fund for the Cultural
Dr. Singh said that Guyan-
ese of Indian descent were
not opposed to the Festival
or the Cultural Centre, and
in fact would support the
projects wholeheartedly.
"But," he added: "They are
totally against the decision
to utilise the Indian Immi-
gration Fund for the pur-
The MGO, according to Dr
Singh, will circulate to every
country which has been in-
vited to the Festival, a his-
tory of the Fund and, what
he terms, "expropriation" of
it, to build a Cultural Centre
The artists and writers
would be urged not to be a
,party to what Dr. Singh calls
an "obviously unjust act."
Local participants would also
Sbe asked to stay away as a
Mark of solidarity with their
fellow Guyanese.
SOutlining the history of
the fun, which stands at
about $$25,000, Dr. Singh
stated _hat the Indian Immi-
grtion Fund was created to
enable the recruitment of
labourers from India to work
on the sugar plantations and
the subsequent repatriation
at the end of their period of
indenture. The last batch of
workers returned to India in
The fund was made up of
special levies oh the sugar
planters and also from gen-.
eral revenue.
.The return passage to In-
dia, said Dr. Singh, was a
condition and emolument of


'In 1969", he added: "the
government in a comnmunica-
tion tb the Indian organisa-
tions concern~ conveyed its
rejection of the recommend
dations and' its decision tb
build a National Cultural
."Repeated protests have
been made by the representa-
tives of the Indians concern-
ed, but government has
shown no inclination whatso-
ever to discuss the matter or
to alter its stand.. ."

service and if the money
was not used for the purpose
originally intended, 'because
the immigrants decide to
stay on permanently in Guy-
ana, then it should accrue to
them in whatever form they
consider desirable.
Representations along these
lines were made to govern-
ment which apparently
agreed and in 1965, appoint-
ed a Special Immigration
Fund Committee with the
following terms of reference:
"To examine how the Im-
migration Fuad established
by the Labour Ordinance,
Chapter 104, could be utilised
for the benefit of the East
Indian Community gen-
Dr. Singh said that the
committee, representing all
shades of Indian opinion,
made unanimous recommen-
dations that the Fund be
transferred to the control of
an Indian Board of Trustees
and be used for supporting
the Indo-Guyanese Educa-:
tional and Cultural Move-
ment and for assisting the
needy among the inhabitants
who came originally from

Guyana Graphic
Tuesday, December 21, 1971.
Page 16
From the Carifesta Clippings collection National Library of Guyana


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