“Government is not creating a welfare state”, was the response of  People and Social Development Minister, Dr Glen Ramadharsingh, to concerns raised from some quarters  about government’s  welfare programmes.

Last week Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, at her second anniversary leadership celebrations revealed new plans for the poor and elderly.

However, Minister Ramadharsingh defended the government’s move in this area insisting the measure is aimed at taking care of people’s well being and empowering them.