Jun 23, 2010

Social workers move into Cashew Gardens

A team of social workers went into Cashew Gardens yesterday to assess the needs of squatters who have been making a grab for state lands since the May 24 election.

Neither Minister of Food Production, Vasant Bharath, nor Minister of the People and Social Development, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, were present during the visit. The team met with residents and requested a list of the names of the illegal occupants and their status. Last week, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said the occupants were reluctant to give their names or say where they came from.

Spokesman Fabien Fairbain said yesterday they would co-operate with the ministry and provide the names of people who would have constructed homes within the past three weeks.

When the an administration decided to regularize squatters, as promised by the People's Partnership, this usually pertains to 'residents' who have been living on State lands for many years. It has been reported that many of the squatters who were part of the current land grab at Cashew Gardens refused to give their names. It is apparent that many of these squatters don't have tenure and are taking a leap of faith hoping that this new government would provide them with a deep for the land. 

This must not happen! Whatever the outcome the government must ensure that these land grabbers don't benefit from this illegal activity when many hard working families have been saving to purchase lands to build a home. 

This is not difficult to comprehend and even though there might be some people who are really in need of assistance from the government we simply cannot reward these lawless acts against the laws of the land. I do hope that the social services can sift through the names and find those who really need assistance and provide the help that is needed. However, we simply cannot give up state lands simply because some people believe that they have a right to it. 

There are too many hard working people out there who are making the sacrifices needed to climb the ladder of success. These are the people who help build the society and we need to find a way to help them too. The laws of the land must be obeyed - no free land. These are not the times of Isabella and Ferdinand and the time for the Cedulla of Population has long gone.






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