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The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, has identified 250 acres of land at Ebony Park in St. Catherine, which will be used for the construction of houses for civil servants.

“This will reduce the cost of housing for public sector workers,” said Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday, April 30, in her contribution to the 2013/2014 Budget debate in the House of Representatives.

She announced that other suitable parcels of land for public sector housing will be identified and announced at the appropriate time.

Mrs. Simpson Miller in her presentation under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development, Unleashing our Full Potential,’ commended the various stakeholders, including the business sector and their depositors, for their sacrifice towards the stabilisation of the economy.

She added that public servants and the public sector trade unions have also made “huge sacrifices”, while noting that they have “partnered with us and have, once again, agreed to wage restraints.”

“Whether they are teachers, police or soldiers on the frontline; whether they are health professionals, accountants or social workers, technical or executive professionals, administrators, clerical, ancillary workers or drivers; this country cannot run without our dedicated public servants,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

“Time and time again, they have ‘stepped to the plate’ to help Jamaica. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. I assure them that we have not taken their sacrifices for granted. This is why we will always choose dialogue and be respectful of our public servants,” she added.

By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter