TO DEMONSTRATE the integrity of the process, leading globally recognized and respected professional services Firm, Ernst & Young, will monitor the historic first drawing for distribution of 500 lots of land under the Government’s Land for the Landless Programme.
The programme is a major initiative of the Ministry of Housing, Land and Marine Affairs, and is being executed by the Land Settlement Agency (LSA), an agency of the Ministry.
Ernst and Young representatives have been in discussion with the LSA, providing guidance and support for the process, to maintain transparency at all steps of the draw.
The LSA received over 41,000 applications, each of which were scored with up a maximum of fourteen points based on factors such as family size and composition, income and disability.
Under controlled circumstances, ten thousand of the highest scoring applications will be selected as eligible for the first draw, from which 500 will be manually pulled in a public drawing.
Media and other guests have been invited to the pre-draw arrangements tomorrow (Fri) morning at the LSA’s Orange Grove Road South, Tacarigua Head Office at 9am which will be supervised by Ernst and Young and in which the ten thousand eligible applications will be selected.
The Professional Services firm will then take possession of these ten thousand slips for the final unprecedented 500 draw which will take place next Tuesday at the Southern Academy of Performing Arts. The final draw will also be supervised by Ernst & Young.
The LSA has emphasized that following Tuesday’s draw, the 500 applicants selected will have to be further verified to ensure that the information provided to the LSA, including the fact that they are indeed landless, before allocation is confirmed. The serviced lot will then be offered to the successful applicants at an affordable price considerably below market value.