By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – With four more days left before the APNU+AFC fully implement its 21 promises in the 100 days plan, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has given the coalition government an “A Grade” in delivering what it promised to the Guyanese people thus far.
A quick perusal of the 100 days plan will indicate that 14 of the 21 promises were delivered by the coalition government, which includes lowering the Berbice Bridge toll, salary increases for public servants, implementation of phased VAT reduction, increase in old age pension, reduction of the President’s pension and other benefits, return of TV Stations to Lindeners, tax exemption on equipment for small scale miners, cane workers and farmers conference; rice farmers, millers conference; investigative commission on corruption, code of conduct for Ministers, Parliamentarians and other government officials; national Toshaos conference, adoption of a long term sustainable economic plan and the implementation of the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act.
Other outstanding promises include naming a date for the long overdue Local Government Elections, establishment of the Public Procurement Commission, establishing passport and birth certificate licensing offices in Berbice, Essequibo and Linden; task force for crime, security and road safety; national conference on women, national youth conference and the liberalization of the telecoms and ICT sectors.
The deadline for the 100 days in office is August 24 and according to Harmon, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will address the media on the accomplishments made on August 25.
At the moment however, he noted that government is pleaded with what has been delivered to the Guyanese people thus far.
“We have considered it over the last weekend and I can say to you that based on our own checklist, we are extremely comfortable with the work we have done and the accomplishment we have made under that plan…I would give the coalition government and A grade on the matter,” Harmon told the news conference.