Written by on March 4, 2018

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) created history in Grenada with the digital launch of its Manifesto, 2018. “The Opportunity Charter,” the NDC’s Covenant with the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique was introduced by Party Leader, Senator, Hon. V. Nazim Burke at the Party’s H.A. Blaize St. Headquarters on Thursday.

The NDC’s unprecedented approach to a traditional campaign staple, was predicated upon its commitment to a “green, equitable and prosperous Grenada for all.” The NDC felt it necessary to walk the talk, beginning with the availability in digital format of its campaign Manifesto 2018.

“The plans and programmes and the targets we have set are realistic and achievable if we work hard and remain committed to, and focused on our mission to build a prosperous Grenada, based on environmentally sound principles, and a just and equitable society,” the Party Leader said.

During the first of its kind event, Senator Burke outlined the primary implementation objectives of the NDC, based on our Core Principles of Transparency, Honesty, Self-respect, Patriotism, Justice, and Accountability.

Inherent in the priorities of the NDC are plans for Economic Security, Youth Empowerment, Healthcare, Education and Human Resource Development, Agriculture and Food Security, Rural Development, Housing, Infrastructure and the Environment; and Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

The NDC intends, upon its election into office, to establish a National Health Insurance Scheme and a National Health Insurance Fund, to be financed from the proceeds of the National Lottery Authority and taxes from the sale of alcohol and tobacco.

The construction of new hospitals, including a new dialysis centre and the upgrade of existing structures are also on the cards. The party Leader said the NDC also intends to provide full time employment for all registered nurses who are presently employed on a part time basis.

He said a priority for the NDC will be the welfare of public servants, especially those who have served the state and are now pensionable. Every eligible public servant will be paid their pensions within the first six months in office.

The NDC will take action to re-instate the Public Workers Pension Scheme and re-introduce the Duty-Free Barrels Programme because many depend on the assistance of relatives and friends in the diaspora to survive the harsh conditions brought upon Grenadians by the NNP government.

The Hon. V. Nazim Burke said the NDC is committed to an examination of the entire public service with a view to modernization and will regularize the employment of contract workers within the first 12 months of forming the government.

In addition to clarifying the party’s position on the IMANI programme, the NDC leader said, education and human resource development will be treated as an important pillar in our pursuit of national development. To this end, the next NDC government will provide free tuition for our young people at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and establish a guaranteed student loan programme for all students wishing to pursue a first degree at university on a full-time basis. The NDC also intends to re-introduce the free school books programme.

The digital launch and the application of technology in agriculture received recognition as an important pillar of the economy. The NDC leader said his administration will immediately engage in a replanting scheme to guarantee Grenada’s return to its world leading status in spice production.

The NDC focus on rural development will feature the construction of an Agro-processing facility to support the expected expansion in agriculture.

Mr. Burke concluded his digital presentation of the NDC Manifesto 2018 by stating that the policies, plans and programs outlined are sustainable and will ensure progress for every single Grenadian as the party brings its focus on putting people first.

The full content of the Manifesto is available at the NDC website http://www.ndcgrenada.org and on all social media.

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