Army ranks injured in explosion were getting less than $30,000 per month compensation

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GDF ranks during a training exercise [File Photo]
Seven members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) who were in 2000 injured in an explosion at Camp Groomes, the army’s ammunition storage base on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, were each receiving less than $30,000 per month.

What is even worse is that complaints about their dire circumstances and terrible plight were being ignored.

This was revealed in the latest report (2017-2018) tabled in Parliament last week; the Ombudsman is Retired Judge Winston Patterson.

Those who were injured included two Corporals, three Lance Corporals and two Privates.

A few of them suffered third-degree burns on their bodies, legs, backs, while others sustained damaged and fractured spines.

According to the report, these young men, all having families and medical issues, were receiving under $30,000 per month as compensation, and all needed regular medical attention and enhanced living conditions.

Even though they complained about their conditions to the relevant authorities, all were ignored. As a result, they requested assistance from the Ombudsman.

“I acknowledged receipt of their complaints and informed them that attempts would have been made to have their situations dealt with as early as possible. They were interviewed and having deemed their request justified, the relevant authority expeditiously got on board and resolved their issues much to their satisfaction,” the Ombudsman noted in his report.