-Delays release of outstanding forensic audit reports
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is accusing the Government of dragging out the release of outstanding
forensic audit reports, the Public Service Commission of Inquiry (COI) report and the COI into the education system.
According to PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee, the release of the Public Service COI, specifically, had been promised in October 2015. He noted that the delay is hampering increases to public servants.
From the Ministry of the Presidency, “We heard that there was a COI established to look into the public service,” Rohee said. “They were to publish their report in October. Nothing has come forward as yet.”
“This is a Government speaking. And we must hold them accountable. They said that the report would be finished in October. We are waiting on the report because it is said that public servants cannot get an increase until the report is public.”
Expressing worry about the uncertainty emanating from the Ministry of the Presidency, he also pointed to the commission of inquiry into the education system, which had been announced in August last.
“We had also heard that Cabinet had approved a commission of inquiry into the (Public) education system. Four months after, we (are) hearing that the commission has not been set up as yet. What is going on?”
On the Pyle accident, Rohee expressed disappointment that the matter is being treated as an accident and that the Traffic Chief has been asked to investigate the matter. He said that there is some uncertainty about whether President David Granger had assented to the Bill.
“Ramjattan said that he is waiting on a report and the Coroner’s inquest to be established in respect to (Pyle). We just passed a Bill in parliament in respect to setting up coroners’ inquest. We don’t know as yet if the President has assented to that bill, so it can become law and the inquest be set up speedily.”
He went back to statements made by Attorney General, Basil Williams, that there was a shortage of coroners. He noted that the Bill will allow for more coroners to be recruited.
“We don’t know whether we will have to wait until that Bill is assented by the President so we can get additional coroners or whether we can use some of the magistrates now, who are already complaining that they have a huge backlog.”
“I think they are intentionally dragging this thing out because it brings them political capital to keep the pot boiling.”
The COI into public service had been ordered in 2015 by President Granger, to determine measures to improve the efficiency of the public service, as well as a review of the methodology used to classify and recruit these workers.
At its conclusion last month, the commission was expected to report on and make recommendations on the role, functions, recruitment process, remuneration and other matters of the public service. Along with the COI, Granger had promised to introduce a Public Service staff college.
The COI into public education, on the other hand, was announced in August of 2015. It was mandated to investigate the delivery of public education in order to provide strategic guidelines after conducting hearings across the country.
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