MINISTER of Social Development and Family Services Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn has taken Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to task for saying Government could not have found 18,000 people to be in illegal receipt of food cards and removed them from the system.
“The Leader of the Opposition indicated that 18,000 could not have been cheaters and she looked at us as if to say, ‘You all cannot be right. You have to be crazy,’” she said on Friday during her contribution to the 2019 budget debate in the House of Representatives.
“But during their (People’s Partnership’s) tenure every month, every MP was given 50 food cards to give to constituents. When you total that for five years, it comes up to 87,000 food cards.
“If they would have given out 87,000 food cards, it is very believeable that 18,000 food cards were, in fact, given out to persons who were not eligible.”