MP raises questions after lifting of ban on open-air cremation

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    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.