BY INDRAWATTIE NATRAM
region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said the region’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is patiently awaiting a response from the Head Office of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) on the role the RDC has in addressing the applications for State and Government lands within the region.
According to Ramdatt, who is the head of the RDC, a letter was sent to the GL&SC requesting that clear guidelines be provided to the region, as the RDC seeks to adhere to the approved procedures with focus on accountable and transparent ways in recommending applications for Government and State lands allocation.
The Chairman explained that the Anna Regina branch of the GL&SC had submitted several schedules comprising of approximately one hundred applications that the RDC is eager to thoroughly examine before making recommendations for approval. However, he said this process is held up due to the failure of the Surveys Commission in providing the requested information.
Several applicants are requesting the status of their applications since they are prepared to invest in agriculture and other sectors. One businessman who has an interest to make a huge investment in the coconut industry is affected.
The Regional Chairman said he is dissatisfied with the delay by the Commission in addressing the matter, particularly since the expansion of the region’s economy is at stake.
According to Ramdatt, the RDC will be examining ways of developing roads and other infrastructure so that persons who were allocated lands can have better access and support to initiate crop and/or livestock production and other entrepreneurship ventures.
The Regional Chairman is of the strong view that with an ailing rice industry, it is timely for urgent actions to enhance the region’s economy.