Bharrat Jagdeo refuses to admit that Guyana is below poverty line and the causes for this decline are: mismanagement of funds, bad policies, inflation, corruption, drugs and crimes. Wages and salaries are weakened gravely behind inflation and thus the currency is devalued more and more each day while wages remains the same.
The rising cost of commodities and basic supplies have brought immense hardship to the people in Guyana; 80% of who survive do so on less than 5 USD a day. This amount could buy 1 lb chicken, 1 lb flour, 1pt oil and 3eggs for an entire day. The question is, how can people afford to pay their bills, transportation fees, and clothing etc if their salary is not enough to buy basic food? In 2007 a bottle cooking gas cost $2700 GYD or 13.50 USD; in 2008 it costs $4000 GYD or 20 USD. Where will we get the money? The basic prices for rice, flour, beans, sugar, milk and fruits have risen by more than 30% within the last year in Guyana. A little slice of fish is selling for $500 GYD or 2.50 USD. People cannot afford to buy fish and hardly chicken; a common fisherman/ breadwinner cannot maintain his family no longer and many more families are facing similar situation.
Those who are employed in blue color jobs are simply living in a state of destitution and thus, are incapable of buying basic food. The effect of it is that families will be left breadless in their homes because of the inability of the breadwinner to even buy minimum quantity for his family. So while the world look on at Haiti