More than 1,600 anglers in Region Six (East Berbice – Corentyne) are expected to benefit from the $150,000 Angler Cash Grant.
Hundreds of fishermen showed up at Port Mourant Center Ground and Skeldon Community Center Ground on Friday to receive their cash grants following the recent end of the verification process.
Addressing the fishermen, Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said those who have been checked will receive their checks on Friday and those whose names have not been listed will be checked and verified on same day.
“The majority here today will get their check because we checked it…if some of you haven’t [identification] ID you will go through a verification process; once that’s done you’ll get the check, we’ll do that over the next 2-3 days,” Jagdeo said.
A total of 1,681 fishers, 711 from the lower Corentyne area and 970 from the upper Corentyne area are expected to receive the subsidy.
Kevin Hercules, a fisherman for more than six years from Sheet Anchor Village received the $150,000 cash grant when Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo visited Berbice on Friday.
Hercule said the money would help cover household expenses since he has two children and is the sole breadwinner in the household.
Rakesh Manohar, a four-year-old fisherman, said he would use the $150,000 cash grant to help offset medical costs.
Manohar developed a medical condition affecting his throat just four days ago and so he said ‘the money is coming just in time’.
Meanwhile, Leon Moore, a fisherman for more than 15 years, said he was grateful to the government for the “much needed” help.
Gangadai Kumar Crawford, who has worked in the fishing industry for more than 15 years with her husband, said the money she received will be used to help her expand the size of her boat so that her family can increase their income.
“Anyone who can be verified will get the grant, we used two things: we used the voters list and the ID card. The majority of people will get the grant, some people don’t have ID, we have the checks but you will need to be verified here…” the vice president said.
Jagdeo said that in the past when cash grants were handed out, a few tried to rip the system off and the government eventually “got a bad rap”. However, this time they try to avoid that as much as they can.
He noted that the government was providing monetary assistance through the grant as a means of “dealing with the cost of living”.
Just over two months ago, the government announced that fishermen would receive a cash grant of $150,000. A verification process was done over a period of two months where the names of fishermen and women were registered to receive.