“Report in full on Tuesday’s crime consultations.”
That’s what UNC MP Roodal Moonilal hopes National Security Minister Stuart Young will do at the Joint Select Committee (National Security) meeting on the crime situation.
The JSC meets at 1.30 pm on Wednesday.
Opposition MPs recently complained about Young’s recent inferences about what may be driving the uptick in crime.
On Tuesday National Security and the TT Police Service, security heads and other stakeholders held an all-day consultation to devise plans on the crime situation.
Moonilal added, “After those consultations, we hope the Minister gives a full account and say what measures to curb runaway crime were devised. He has to accept responsibility and advise on new policies particularly since documents we noted in Monday’s debate on the variation of the 2019 Budget showed where many projects across the board – including National Security – were delayed.”
He added, “In Security projects delayed included crime -reducing plans and technology-driven programmes. For instance, if drones have been implemented, we’ve seen no results. In the Infrastructure Development Fund alone, $156m wasn’t spent due to incompetence and failure to implement critical projects. So he has explanations to give.”
Young has said he has no qualms about being in today’s JSC “box”. Opposition Leader Kamla Persad- Bissessar also complained yesterday about the House Speaker’s rejection of her call to discuss Government’s failure to deal with the high levels of serious violent crime. Persad- Bissessar attempted to raise the issue in Parliament on Monday.