Breaching laws, misleading Minister among reasons for firing GuySuCo CEO

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Former Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Dr. Raj Singh
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Dr. Raj Singh

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana government has provided evidence indicating numerous reasons why it decided to fire Rajendra Singh as the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Cor.poration (GuySuCo).

The purported evidence came to light after Singh through his lawyer, Senior Counsel Ashton Chase, gave the Sugar Corporation 14 days to show why his dismissal was not in breach of his contract.

Chase wrote to the company seeking to recover “fair and reasonable” financial treatment and compensation for his client.

In response, the Ministry of Agriculture in a three page document, dated August 19, revealed that Singh reportedly elicited favors from a female employee at Rose Hall Estate and allegedly rewarded her with a promotion and an increased remuneration.

The document also stated that he violated GuySuCo’s procurement procedure in the obtaining of equipment, spares and other items; breaching the Company’s disciplinary procedure after arbitrarily dismissing a number of employees.

The government claims that he ignored and condoned acts of a certain employee whose conduct warranted the institution of disciplinary measures, but instead the employee was shielded by the former CEO.

He is also accused of deviating from Cabinet’s decision with the unauthorized sale of 2.6792 acres of land at Plantation Good Hope, East Bank Demerara to an individual.

According to the document, Singh reportedly procured one Whole Stalk harvester for mechanized harvesting at the cost of $19.2M despite technical advice to the contrary from the corporation’s technical personnel. The machine is said to be a wasted asset which is wholly unsuitable for operation throughout the entire cultivation.

Singh also allegedly entered into a management agreement with Global Casetech and Global Canesugar Services out of India for management services on a number of estates at unreasonably high cost and without approval of the Board of Directors.

Additionally, he reportedly misled Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, regarding the true financial status of the Corporation in May 2015, indicating that the Corporation had sufficient cash flow to sustain it until the end of the month.

Singh was on contract for 5 years from May 2013, but was dismissed on June 03 by the APNU+AFC government. The lawyer contends that his dismissal was without just cause and without due redress for the loss of damage occasioned by the unjustified action.

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. This man is an immoral beast who took his queue from the higher ups in the previous government. He saw himself as a little Caesar with absolute power who had no respect for himself the Board or the previous government. He reminds me of the garbage fired from the power company. No Government wouks keep such an excuse on the job. After making deals without authorization which more than likely benefited him now he wants to sue. Greedy scum.

  2. The yes men that he surrounded himself gave him away to the wolves. From what i am told when raj says jump his henchmen simply jumps. There were no professionals left when the last of the GMs left, in fact he was the last man standing and the others were on their knees for Raj.
    They were all afraid of his schemes and now they are telling all the CE never listened to advice he was given.
    But really what kind of advice can Raymond and Abdul and Kumar give these are the ppl who advised Raj. Everyone is singing it wasnt me.
    People gave up 20 -30 years of their service because raj sing was so evil that he simply threatened them all.These are the heroes who never sold their professionalism. Will there be similar compensation that raj sing seeks for those who were dismissed and force to resign?
    The question i ask tonight is for these serious offences can Raj sing be jailed?

  3. The government will not make these allegations unless it has incontrovertible evidence. Demand your PPP changes its corrupt ways.

  4. Bobby ….You sound so sure as though you have indept knowledge of the facts pertaining to this matter. If you do ,it is might be prudent to review just the performance records of this CEO and decide whether you as an employer would have kept such an employee..! Please review and be guided by the number of legal ways an employer can dismiss an emplyee …….If you are a patriotic review with an open mind . Be true and fair to your ” country men “

  5. This man was of no shame, he parade himself as a worker friendly individual and under cover he had gravious ulterior motives to dupe Guysuco and satisfied his manliness. He now has the audacity to sue Guysuco. He should be jail so as his Friend on West Bank who he was shielding. Wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  6. FITZGERALD YAW, YOU AND YOUR GUYANESE WRITER IN QUEENS , NY ARE REALLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY. AND IT’S SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR FOUR HOURS TO TRAVEL ACROSS A ONE MILE RIVER. YOU AND YOUR GUYANESE WRITER IN QUEENS ,NY ARE LIVING HIGH , SO YOU ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE MISERIES OF THE ORDINARY FOLKS IN GUYANA. ALL YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THAT YOUR KIND IS STEERING THE SHIP AND TO HELL WITH THE SUFFERING GUYANESE. I TRAVELLED ACROSS THAT BRIDGE LAST TUESDAY AND CHECKED THE TIME IT TOOK TO GET ACROSS. IT WAS EXACTLY ONE MINUTE THIRTY FIVE SECONDS . THAT IS NOT MADNESS TO ME . MADNESS IS WHEN YOU HAVE TO SIT AND WAIT AND WALK FOR HOURS BEFORE YOU GET ACROSS AND DO LIKEWISE FOR ANOTHER FOUR HOURS BEFORE YOU RETURN HOME. THE TAXI FARE OF THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS MAY BE A BIT HIGH BUT ALL THINGS CONSIDERED,IT IS WORTH IT . YOUR POLITICAL IDOLS PASSED A BILL IN THE LAST PARLIAMENT FOR THE PPP/C GOVT TO SLASH THE FARE BY FIFTY PER CENT . NOW THEY ARE IN POWER THEY PROPOSE TO REDUCE IT BY A MERE THIRTEEN PER CENT. IF THEY WANT DO BETTERTHAN DR.JAGDEO LET THEM BUY OVER THE BRIDGE AND SLASH THE TOLL BY FIFTY PER CENT. OTHERWISE ,THE GUYANESE WHO HAVE TO USE THE BRIDGE WILL CONSIDER WHAT THEY ARE TALKING AS MADNESS.

  7. The culture of corruption and entitlement created by the Jagdeo Presidency has made certain individuals lose complete touch with reality. As a Guyanese writer based in Queens, NY had observed about 3 three years ago there was a madness in Guyana. The Berbice Bridge Contract is another example of the Jagdeo madness.

  8. THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SINGH ARE VERY SERIOUS. BE THAT AS IT MAY, THEY REMAIN WHAT THEY ARE — MERE ALLEGATIONS.. THIS GOVERNMENT MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED DUE PROCESS- A PERSON IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. OTHERWISE ,EVERY TOM, DICK, AND HARRY WALKS INTO AN OFFICE , MAKES ALL SORTS OF UNSUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATIONS AND GETS EVERYBODY FIRED AT THE DROP OF A HAT. THAT IS NOT THE WAY TO RUN A COUNTRY.

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