Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has asserted that the decision to cut the $700,000 annual subvention to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has nothing to do with politics.
He told reporters today the move has everything to do with the re-engineering that he has been speaking about.
Chastanet declared that government’s responsibility is to ensure that every single dollar it spends generates the greatest amount of growth.
“We have a lot of hungry stomachs to be able to feed and I take that seriously – that is what drives me every single day more than anything else,” he stated.
Chastanet said he will hold every single person in his administration accountable for every tax dollar spent.
SLNT Chairperson, Doctor Vasantha Chase, has said that the organisation can make up for the shortfall as a result of the subvention cut by the government.
Chastanet said he was happy to hear that.
“This is what we have been saying all the time – the trust is making money; the trust has assets,” the Prime Minister told reporters.
He explained that the subvention was cut so that the SLNT cannot use it as a recurrent cost – a contribution to salaries.
“We have said to them if they have projects that make sense, we would be happy to invest,” Chastanet stated.
The Prime Minister, who has called for SLNT Director Bishnu Tulsie to be removed, expressed the opinion that Tulsie has not performed.
“When you look at the trust and you look at the assets of the trust, it has under achieved and I think the trust can do substantially better than it has,” Chastanet told reporters.
But he asserted that was a matter for the trust, its council and its members.
“They are the ones who have to make the decision,” the Prime Minister said.
Chastanet observed that Tulsie’s contract comes to an end in October.
The Prime Minister said once he was told that he was satisfied.