Prisoners To Be Freed As Part Of St Vincent Independence Celebrations

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Friday October 28, 2016 – As part of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ 37th Anniversary of Independence, several prisoners will be released from jail.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says he will also make permanent the appointment of 100 clerks in the public service.

Gonsalves said following the necessary procedures he intends to advise the governor general to order the release of some young men and women who are serving terms of imprisonment “for relatively minor offences.

“I consider that in all the circumstances that these young persons ought to be given a second chance. This is the internationally proclaimed Year of Mercy by persons of faith and we ought to exercise it appropriately to deal with young persons and others,” said Gonsalves.

He announced that 110 people who are employed as temporary clerks, some of them for several years in the public service, will all be afforded permanent status from January 1, 2017.

“This will provide them with the necessary job security and attendant benefits as public servants,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he would also be rewarding the top performers in this year’s CSEC and CAPE examinations.

As a result, 629 students who achieved the requisite standard will shortly receive a cash grant of EC$500 (US$185) each.

Those students who passed the associate degree programme at the required level at the Community College will also be similarly rewarded.

Gonsalves said this will cost Government more than EC$5 million (US$ 1,851,851), adding that for the 2017-2018 academic year, the government will grant tuition scholarships to deserving applicants for university study and will continue to pay the economic cost for all eligible students at the University of the West Indies.

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