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Pearnel Charles concerned about funding for communities affected by bauxite mining

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon Pearnel Charles says he is concerned that communities impacted by bauxite mining activities continue to be deprived of money set aside for their redevelopment.




Charles made the comment in parliament yesterday as finance minister Dr Peter Phillips brought a resolution to the House seeking the withdrawal of more than $1.5 billion from the Capital Development Fund.



The Capital Development Fund receives inflows from the levy imposed on bauxite.



Phillips said approximately $1.3 billion is to be channeled to the Consolidated Fund for budget support and the remainder will go to the Jamaica Bauxite Institute.



However, Charles stressed that previous administrations have failed to effectively carry out the reclaiming of mined-out lands as required under mining agreements with bauxite companies.



Charles lamented that many communities in bauxite mining areas have been suffering for years with little help.



He urged the government to commit to giving more financial support to these communities.



The resolution was eventually passed.



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