[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.