Local Government and Regional Development Minister Nigel Dharamlall has said that Georgetown residents would start receiving their COVID-19 relief money grant before the end of the month.
Speaking to DPI on Thursday, Dharamlall said the distribution team is currently making its rounds, in line with the guidelines to ensure that every home benefits from this initiative.
“The team is currently on the East Bank. As of Jan. 7, he’s in the Grove community, so they’ve worked off the highway coming down, while the team on the East Coast, as of Jan. 6, completed distribution at Melanie. So, they are currently working to go in Strathspey, Vigilance, Buxton and Annandale, which are slated for January 7. So, before the end of the month, the team will be in Georgetown. ”
In September 2020, President Dr Irfaan Ali announced the cash grant among other measures to help mitigate the effects of COVID on households. It also seeks to stimulate the economy by increasing people’s spending power.
Residents across the country have praised the Government for implementing this initiative, which began on September 29 in hinterland regions. Minister Dharamlall has said that the Government is working tirelessly to ensure that no one is left behind, and those most in need are served first.

The Ministry began distributing the cash grant to primary households in Region Four in December, even as it finished serving those in secondary homes in other regions.
Primary home owners are instructed to provide a valid form of identification to receive the grant. This includes a valid Guyana ID card, a valid driver’s license, or a valid passport.
People who are not at home during the distribution exercise will not be left behind. Their names, addresses and other contact information would be collected and a date set for their grants to be transferred.
The Government plans to pay about $ 3.4 billion to 136,000 households in the Region.

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