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Local Government Ministry to roll out Rural Development Programme

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will this year roll out a $650 million programme aimed at improving the lives and economic well-being of rural areas.

The Rural Development Programme will begin in Chambers Pen,Hanover during the first half of the 2021/2022 fiscal year.

“The works will involve the installation of water, electricity, internet access, roads, sidewalks, community parks and indigent housing,” said Minister Desmond McKenzie during his Sectoral Presentation in the House of Representatives on May 18.

“We will use this programme to give new life to our rural communities over the next two years. It will also create temporary and permanent employment opportunities.”

Following the pilot model in Chambers Pen, Hanover; the programme will be replicated in Cheesefield, St. Catherine; Cheswick, St. Thomas; Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew and a community in Clarendon.

Added the Minister: “We have made significant improvements to the lives of our citizens and we are committed to doing much more. This Government will not fall into complacency and set aside the trust and confidence of our people”.