Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he will be asking the banks to waive their service fee for changing the $100 bills, especially for elderly citizens, but noted that the state cannot compel them to do so by law.
The minister told Parliament this morning that under the current law the central bank is empowered to fix bank charges and fees with respect to loans, deposits and credit finances, but it does not apply to over the counter transactions.
He said they may need to consider changing that.
UMMAH T&T Muslim Federation has instructed its attorney to initiate moves to file a constitutional motion against the legislation to take out of circulation the existing $100 dollar bills within a restricted period of time.
This was revealed by Imam Rasheed Karim, chairman of the largest local group of independent Islamic organizations who criticized the move.
According to the Imam, the switch to the polymer bills infringes on the rights of the 180,000 strong Muslim community.
Caroni Central MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie made a passionate plea for Government to pay the country’s ageing cane farmers who he claimed are owed millions of dollars before they die one-by-one.
The committee was told that $5 million was allocated in the 2019 budget for the farmers of which $1.7 million had been spent.
A Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and EU before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.
Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker called it a "fair" outcome. The EU Commission President said there was no need to extend the Brexit deadline.
He said: "We have a deal so why should we have a prolongation."
This will be a boost for the PM [Boris Johnson], but he still faces a battle to get the deal through Parliament on Saturday, with the DUP opposing it.
Mr Johnson urged MPs to "come together" and "get this excellent deal over the line".
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday that a file is being compiled and will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the company involved in the drug which caused seven patients to go blind in either one eye or both eyes.
Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has called on his successor Terrence Deyalsingh to pay special attention to the children of incarcerated people.
The government of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out "ambitious" policies on crime, health, the environment and Brexit in a Queen's Speech that opposition parties have dismissed as an "election manifesto".
Plans for tougher sentences for violent offenders and legal targets for cutting plastic pollution are among 26 bills set out at Parliament's State Opening.
But with the PM having no majority, many of the bills may not become law.
The government has announced plans to amend the Bail Act to make it harder for offenders of firearm and other serious crimes to access bail.
The sweeping legislation would require the support of the Opposition as it will need a special majority of the Parliament.
The legislation will include:
* 1st offence with a firearm, no bail for up to 120 days
For those who are already on bail, and commits a crime, the legislation will seek to ensure that NO BAIL is given.
The following are the categories of crime outlined by the minister.
Opposition Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Barry Padarath has been asked to leave the Parliament for today after House Speaker Bridget Annisette-George found him to be in breach of the standing orders.
Padarath was seeking clarification about the impact of water shortages in his constituency, on schools located there.
However, the House Speaker did not allow one of the questions, resulting in a loud outburst by Padarath.
The proposed Campaign Finance Reform legislation (CFR) will be brought to Parliament in a couple weeks, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says.
He gave the yesterday estimate in response to queries from Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen, who asked if the Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) bill would extend to political parties.