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Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Andrew Gallimore has called on the government to create a special constituency fund for the rehabilitation of farm roads.
Mr. Gallimore, who was making his contribution to the 2005/06 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 28, said that the government might not be able to allocate funds for proper roads, but requested that support be provided for the grading of roadways that lead to farm lands, to “ensure that there is minimum surface that allowed farmers to get their produce out”.
Mr. Gallimore further recommended, that with the start of the hurricane season, councillors and members of parliament should be properly briefed as to how relief efforts would be pursued and how to provide relief for affected persons.
“I would also like to recommend that post offices that have been used as a point for the delivery of cheques, should be used as a point where persons who are affected can go to register their damage, rather than wait for someone to come to them”, he stated.
The MP argued that the setting up of registration centres would ensure that the list of persons claiming for damage could be put together quickly and more time could be dedicated to the verification process. “I also feel that persons should be able to register their damage with the office of their elected representatives,” he added.
On another matter, Mr. Gallimore submitted that a select committee of Parliament be appointed to examine the financial and operational state of Air Jamaica as a matter of urgency and that the issue be slated for debate at the earliest possible date.