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Investigation set to launch into Culture Min. Scholarships

Government plans to act on the recommendations of the Equal Opportunities Commission and launch an investigation into the multi-million dollar Culture Ministry Scholarship Prorgramme under the PNM administration

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar during her contribution to the Budget debate in the Parliament yesterday

In describing the 45 million dollar programme as a PNM trust fund, Mrs. Persad Bissessar read out some of the irregularities in the application process for the scholarships

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The Prime Minister also slammed the manner in which she said the PNM attempted to handle this scholarship programme in a private manner

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The Prime Minister said she will instruct the Attorney General to pass the Equal Opportunities Commission Report to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Integrity Commission

She promised that those involved in any fraud related to this fund will go to jail

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