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Poverty on the Decline? Not so in T&T

Published: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Planning and Development minister, providing “statistics,” said that poverty was on the decline; people living below the poverty line of US$1 a day declined from 24 per cent to 14.8 per cent. The statistics painted a picture that we are doing well in this area.

T&T is in the heart of a recession, food prices continues to rise, hundreds have lost their jobs and new job creation is at a standstill, but poverty is on the decline? Who are we trying to fool?

I often wonder if our politicians are in touch with what is going on around them? Many of them need to get down to where the people live, see and hear what is really going on.

There are children right in this country who have to go bed at nights hungry because the main source of income is no longer there, that person having lost their job. I do not know who feeds our politicians with this type of statistics but I cannot accept this, being a person who walks through communities and see how people live.

Poverty continues to grow in T&T as far as I am concerned, and any level-headed person who is looking and observing will realise this. What our leaders should be doing is working hard to change this for we are all aware of its detrimental effects.

Arnold Gopeesingh,
San Juan