the Government does not intend to extend the Colour Me Orange programme which ended last February.
The programme cost the Government $73.5 million and it created 3,053 jobs.
So said Minister of Water Resources Ganga Singh in the Senate, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, in response to a question from Fitzgerald Hinds.
Singh was answering the question on behalf of Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal.
Singh said there were three phases—Phase one: March 8 to June 30, 2010; Phase two: November 3 to December 29, 2010; Phase three: November 23, 2011 to February 15, 2012.
He said the rationale for extending the programme (beyond Phase one to Phases two and three) was the 7,081 requests for repairs from tenants across the seven Housing Development Corporation (HDC) communities which it encompassed.
He said the programme sought to employ skilled and unskilled young men and women to carry out maintenance and refurbishment work on the HDC rental units in seven communities.
He said 90 per cent of the persons employed were between the ages of 18 to 30 years.