Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya says the fact that the Opposition calls every Government support a freebie is a gross disrespect to our people.
He says what the Opposition is saying is that the Government should not have provided financial relief to businesses and families who had no source of income for months.
Koya adds what the Opposition is also saying is that the Government should not continue free education and should stop subsidizing bus fare for our children and the elderly.
He says it is quite simple that the Opposition has no ideas, no understanding of how to deal with a country that is suffering and no vision of where the country needs to go.
He says the Opposition and their associates are using every tactic under the sun to discredit the budget and use it to benefit their political needs.
Koya adds for the first half of this year, we have already recovered over half of our tourism numbers from the same period in 2019.
He says these numbers show that we are on an accelerated path to recovery that will see at least 500,000 visitors to our shores and bring in $1.3 billion in revenue this year.
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