Acting prime minister Winston Dookeran says the Government is making choices for the development of the country's future and sometimes the choices will be at odds with each other as in the ongoing housing versus agriculture debate.When asked if the Government owed a public apology to the farmers in Mausica and Egypt Village whose crops were bulldozed last Monday, Dookeran said: "I would be doing a disservice to the dialogue that I want to promote if I answer that question."The Finance Minister was speaking about the 40 acres of crops which were destroyed by the HDC at two agricultural sites in the country last Monday.
Dookeran spoke briefly to the media during a break at yesterday's Coalition in Politics symposium at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus.With changes, Dookeran said one would find conflicting choices would have to be made in terms of the development of the future."And what we saw is a reflection of those conflicting choices that nation must face."Dookeran said while the Government has promised to compensate claims of the farmers who were affected "we need to ensure that the change for good governance must continue as we witness the impasse."