After waiting several years, former Caroni workers have received leases for their “promised land.”
Over 8,000 beneficiaries received lots of land that would be leased to them for a probationary period of three years and then five years afterwards.
The lands granted by the Ministry of Housing, Land and Marine Affairs are for residential and agricultural development.
Minister Moonilal said by the end of the year Government will distribute over 1,000 land leases again to former Caroni workers, and added that Government is committed to ensuring that each and every former Caroni worker and farmer gets land.
“We are committed to providing the 8,314 beneficiaries with residential lots. We are committed to providing the 3,346 beneficiaries with agricultural plots. We project by the end of this year 1,717 residential leases and 1,185 agricultural leases will be distributed.”
Dr. Moonilal also said that financing for former Caroni workers will be available to initiate construction of houses.
“We will authorise the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Committee to provide financing to the former employees. The financing will be on the same terms and conditions which are now being available by the T&T Mortgage Finance Company, in its role as an approved mortgage company, to provide and manage loans with a 2% mortgage arrangement.”
The former Caroni workers will be able to receive legal advice from personnel at the Rienzi Complex in Couva.
“To facilitate the paper work for the execution of leases. So that is where the trade union is, that is where you are accustomed, you know how to get there.”
Minister Moonilal assured the former Caroni workers that they will get all what was promised.