Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) in offering its condolences on the passing of former parliamentarian and Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Alli Baksh, reflected on his life and contributions.Former Minister Alli Baksh“He was a mentor and exceptional example for young people in the Party. He played an integral role in nurturing and developing the careers of many leaders,” the PYO said in a statement on Friday.According to the PYO, Baksh’s loyalty, commitment, and selflessness in the struggles against “oppression, discrimination and dictatorship were most admirable. Comrade Alli was a wise counsel who was patient and attentive to the concerns of youths and these qualities made him an exceptional leader.”Representatives of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) youth arm further noted, “Comrade Alli was a strong believer in young people and played particular emphasis on their involvement at all levels of leadership. To the end, he remained a guiding force and inspirational motivator to the PYO. He spoke with passion about the youth arm as he himself played a crucial and fundamental role is its early days.”Baksh was appointed Minister within the Agriculture Ministry after then President Donald Ramotar took office in 2011.Prior to that, Baksh took on the role of Region Two Chairman from 1992, and operated in that capacity for almost 20 years. Additionally, he also served as a Member of Parliament representing the PPP/Civic.Meanwhile, Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) leader Sheila Mathura stated on Friday that Baksh would “go down in history as the one who spearheaded the structural, social and economic developments on the Essequibo Coast”.Baksh will be laid to rest today in Essequibo.