Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, is refuting as "divisive and inaccurate", statements made by Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar that Government did not provide funding for cultural and religious groups for 2017 Indian Arrival Day celebrations.
The Ministry says in a statement that, through its Grants Committee, it received and evaluated applications for grants/support to aid the hosting of Indian Arrival Day celebrations across Trinidad and Tobago.
It says funding totalling $347,500 in support was approved.
Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has expressed sadness over the death of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.
Walcott died at his home in St Lucia this morning.
A statement from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture says "Walcott gave us in his work a vision of ourselves as Caribbean people in a shared space, unique in the world, worthy of celebration".
Government is cutting back on its allocation for Carnival 2016 by about $45 million.
According to Minister of Culture Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly the recession is affecting Government's ability to fund the greatest show on earth.
With all government ministries cutting back on expenditure, she says its only natural that there will be less money spent on Carnival 2016.