Jordan has a go at defending the pay increases saying some drivel about correcting “anomalies in the payment structure” and how the VPs need to get a 60% increase even though they don’t have any additional duties.
Of course he struggles with the 50% increase to ministers: “there are also some super ministries which we have now and the work load has increased immensely ” Really? Don’t those ministries have two or three ministers working on them? “We are saying that these increases are necessary. We are here to do the work of the people and make the systems work. I maintain that these changes were necessary as the President had pointed out before. We are not going to change our decision.“ Yes, because the infallible President said so it must be right.
And Chris Ram explains that the increase for public servants is not what Jordan claims: “the increase was for half the year only. The effective increase then, for the people at the bottom of the scale, for 2015 over 2014, is 8.5%. For public servants receiving a salary of $100,000, the increase was 10%, or 5% over a full year, and for those receiving $200,000 and $500,000 the effective annual increase was 3.75% and 3.0% respectively….This is not about bad optics, bad timing or bad politics as some are suggesting without any regard for the finances of the country. Unless the Government can transform the 2015 projected $50,000 million deficit into a surplus, pay its public servants a living wage, and afford its pensioners some dignity, the increase will be as bad next year as it is now.”
“The staff of the National Communication Network (NCN) at most levels, with the exception of four persons, had been kept in the dark about the presence of satellite uplink facilities lying still in plastic wrapping in the compound. According to an audit, it was only the former Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur, then Programme Manager Martin Goolsarran, the Finance Controller and a technician Kenneth Jones, who were aware of the presence of the multi-million dollar equipment.” (KN)
THE reviewing of radio licences issued by former President Bharrat Jagdeo in 2011 does not necessarily speak to revocation. Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) Leonard Craig yesterday cautioned that while the authority will be reviewing all licences issued, they will not necessarily be revoked.” (Chronicle)
The police said that a total of 114 murders were recorded at the end of September 2015 in comparison to 109 murders at the end of September 2014, an increase of 5%.” Serious crime up 10%. (SN)
“In what was a carefully planned manoeuvre to combine just enough “official business” with personal and
party affairs, an Alliance for Change (AFC) delegation went on a junket to Canada where they rewarded four veteran members of the AFC overseas chapters in New York and Toronto as “Ministerial Advisers on Diaspora Affairs” (Times).
“Hamilton Green can approve a faulty plan at City Hall and then go over to the Central Housing and Planning Authority and approve it a second time.” writes Nadine Jerrick in SN citing conflict of interest.
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is undertaking a review of the excise tax on alcoholic beverages, which could soon be determined based on the alcoholic strength. (SN) Spare a thought for the High Wine drinkers?