A former member of the Guyana Police Force, Compton Johnson, is alleging that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has not been paid his contributions for several years, and is calling on the relevant authorities to investigate.
Johnson said that he was previously employed at GuySuCo, Mayor and Town Council of Corriverton, Guyana Police Force, Industrial and Domestic and Electrical Appliances Limited in Soesdyke, and Parsram and Sons on America Street.
Recently, when checks were made at NIS, he discovered that there were no payments made.
He noted that the only benefits that were recorded, were shown to be from at Neal and Massy when he was employed at the company.
The 47-year-old man said that collectively eight years of contributions were not recorded with NIS.
NIS needs some serious investigations to detect whether it is fraud or incompetence that is causing contributors to be robbed of their rights and benefits, he said.
“This has caused many persons to live in penury in the twilight of their years, after they have rendered a lifetime of service to the nation – and a percentage of their lifetime earnings to the nation’s coffers.
“Every time I go to NIS they always have me running around. They promising to looking into it and months passing and nothing is happening. No one seems to have answers,” Johnson said. “I am frustrated. They are only giving me excuses.”
Cabinet has called for more aggressive interventions that include set targets for clearing the backlog of cases to be addressed by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), according to Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS) and NIS Chairman, Dr. Roger Luncheon earlier in the year.
Dr. Luncheon had said that Cabinet reviewed the developments affecting the quality of services provided to pensioners and contributors of the NIS and in its review, identified recurrent criticisms and expressions of concern by stakeholders, particularly in relation to delays in accessing benefits.
Clearing the existing significant backlog of outstanding payments was identified as the main factor for the delay in updating the scheme’s database of contributions.
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