The National Carnival Commission (NCC) has racked up a debt of $78 million in the last two years.
The revelation was made before a Public Accounts Committee meeting chaired by Dr Bhoe Tewarie, as they examined officials of the NCC on the expenditure and internal controls for the periods 2010 to 2018.
Highlights of Phagwa celebrations at the Hindu Prachar Kendra grounds in Enterprise, Chaguanas and Palmiste Park, San Fernando hosted by Pandavas Cultural Group on Sunday. Edison Boodoosingh captured these images.
Member of Parliament for San Juan/Barataria, Dr Fuad Khan, has contributed $20,000 to Phagwa celebrations in Aranguez.
Dr Khan said he gave the donation because of cuts in government funding.
He issued the following statement on Thursday.
"For over 50 years, the National Phagwa Council held their Phagwa celebrations at the Aranguez Savannah.
Although it is celebrated across the country, the Aranguez Savannah was seen as a major focal point for the annual festivities.
With 5 months to go to CARIFESTA XIV, 19 countries have confirmed their attendance at this premier festival of the arts from August 16th-25th, 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sixteen Caribbean member and associate member states have responded to the official invitation to participate in the festival which was issued via a CARICOM SAVINGRAM on December 7, 2018.
In addition, Canada, Venezuela and Curacao have also signaled their intention to be part of the event.
Tourism Minister, Randall Mitchell says the 2019 Carnival experience had by visitors to this country was significantly enhanced by the level of safety and security provided.
He said the warmth and friendliness of all citizens also had a positive impact on the destination’s image.
Minister Mitchell's remarks were made in the wake of what many, including the police, have described as the safest T&T Carnival in many years.
"Visitors enjoyed themselves at our well-maintained beaches, Carnival fetes and even our culture and cuisine," the minister said.
The suggestion by the government and national security agents that Carnival be shut down at 9 pm on Carnival Tuesdays, seems to be getting the support of many.
We published a news report on the Govt's suggesting on our website and Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television - and many of the comments seem to be in favour of the move.
However, many are also calling for some compromise.
Communications Minister Stuart Young said that the suggestion has to be discussed with stakeholders.