Venezuelan communes to get more funds than mayor's offices
While communities will receive USD 2.04 billion, municipalities will get USD 1.2 billion
As set forth in the law, USD 1.6 billion will be allocated to the states; USD 1.2 billion to municipalities, and USD 2.04 billion to people's power and reinforcement of institutions (communal-based plans).
Such division clearly shows that funds for communal councils and communes exceed by 69% those of mayoralties, and by 25% those of governor's offices.
The Venezuelan Government has sought any means to strengthen the communal regime. Back in 2010, the laws on the people's power were enacted. Despite the legal framework, progress has been gradual. Next year, the model will be speeded up.
The Second Socialist Plan 2013-2019 provides that the creation of the five district pillars for development must be encouraged. Such pillars shall include the communes and the communal councils as well.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
The story could have been different. On April 12, 2014, university students led a march to the Attorney General Office in order to submit concrete requests in regards to security and to demand the release of a group of youngsters detained in Táchira state.