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Gov’t committed to protecting the poor, says PM

Wednesday, April 30, 2014    

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PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller says her Administration remains committed to protecting Jamaicans, particularly the most vulnerable, from the effects of the current economic adjustment measures, as it implements the country's macro-economic transformation programme.

This commitment, she said, is evidenced by the Administration's earmarked expenditure of $5.5 billion to safeguard the welfare of the society's most vulnerable, inclusive of $900 million to facilitate a 15 per cent increase to beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education, and a $630-million allocation for the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme.

The prime minister was making her presentation in the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, under the theme: 'Going for Growth and Development: Working for the People'. -- JIS

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