Following the lifting of the ban on open-air cremations, an MP is raising questions and is also calling for a COVID-19 funeral grant to be set up.
Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh says he met government’s announcement with a mixture of satisfaction and concern.
He is asking the following:
- What protocols will Government propose to ensure an efficient and safe conduct of open-air cremations?
- What framework for sustained consultations with religious groups does the Government intend to engage over the course of the pandemic?
- What will the Government do to ensure that both outdoor and indoor cremations are priced affordably?
MP Indarsingh also wants to see the funeral grant put in place to refund a portion of what families of COVID victims paid.
He says this money can be paid through the grant or through a tax return which can be claimed by the next of kin.