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$18m allocated to help landowners obtain titles

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 | 12:36 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The PetroCaribe Development Fund will set aside J$18 million to assist landowners who have applied to the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) for titles, and are unable to complete the process, due to lack of funding.

 Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, who made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 3, said the sum will go towards assisting beneficiaries in paying fees for titling services.

 He said that to date LAMP has submitted 62 files for processing and is awaiting funding in order to deliver the certificates of title to the beneficiaries at a formal ceremony.

 In the meantime, Minister Pickersgill informed that an allocation of $20 million has been provided to his Ministry to fund the operation of the Adjudication Committees in the various communities within affected parishes, to resolve ownership issues, which will result in the issuance of titles for these applicants.

 The committees cover the parishes of St Catherine, St Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, Westmoreland, Hanover, St James, Trelawny, and St Ann.

 It is projected that four committees will be established in St Elizabeth by June 30, while the other committees will be established later this year, in consultation with Members of Parliament.

 The LAMP was launched in 2000 and since its inception; in excess of 25,000 files have been opened, of which approximately 4,000 titles have been issued to new home owners.

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