There is discrimination here
Kindly allow me space in your newspaper letter column to make my comments on a article published in the Kaieteur News of 28-03.-2012 page 6 entitled ‘Rice Miller owes millions to the Charity – Zorg-en-Vlygt W.U.A. as rates and taxes.’
This announcement by Mr. Lackhan Lall, Chairman of the Water Users Association since 2006 in the R.D.C. boardroom was a very important announcement made for one individual and was welcome by all and was good for the media and the press.
However I hope and trust as a member of this W.U.A. that Mr. Lackhan Lall knows well that the big rice farmers in the downstream areas in Bounty Hall, Better Success, Better Hope, La Resource, Maria’s Delight and Somerset and Berks owe hundreds of millions of dollars but these names were put on hold because the WUA offered benefits by way of arrears deductions as labour rate works to these big ones in the downstream area. ’
This labour rate works to these big farmers unknowing to the Board members caused conflict among the members. It caused the W.U.A. secretary to resign and accusing the W.U.A of operating outside the By-laws.
This W.U.A. is operating with one paid staff at Anna Regina. She is doing a good job as a rate collector/typist while the administrative section is done by the Region Two vice chairman, overseers and rangers from the D & I Department. They are responsible for the monitoring of the main conservancy level of water and the high level dams and all regulators.
According to Mr. Lackhan La11 rice miller Mr. Kayman Sankar establishment owes $12M as rates and taxes but he failed to mention the names of several whose names did not surface to the public for no reason. However I want the press and the public to know that benefits are given to some who are indebted to the W.U.A.
POORAN PERSAUD MEMBER