[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh says the APNU+AFC coalition has exposed its level of political desperation with its resort to utter promises of random “goodies”.
He was at the time responding to the coalition’s recent proposals of salary and pension increases within 100 days in Office, describing the pronouncement as even more empty promises from the Opposition camp.
“This is nothing short of a blatant attempt to bribe voters and is a gross insult to the Guyanese people,” Dr Singh said.
The Opposition recently announced that if elected into Office, they will institute a 13 percent across the board public service wage increase, while old age pension will be increased to $15,000.
According to Minister Singh, what is worse is that the members of the APNU+AFC bloc have become notorious for inconsistency; offering a different set of “goodies” every time they speak.
Singh noted that salaries and old age pension have seen steady and sustainable increases over the last 20 years under the current Administration.
It was noted that in 1992, when the PPP/C took Office, public servants were in receipt of $3,137 as minimum wage. This increased to $23,204 by 2005. In 2009, there was a six percent increase, 2010-five, 2011-eight, and five percent in 2012 and 2013.
In 2014, workers earning below $50,000 were granted eight percent increase while those earning over that sum were granted five percent. [Extracted and modified from GINA]