[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Persaud has written the Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix over what he has described as an “unnecessary” immigration policy.
Persaud, in a letter to the Minister, stated that he has some “deep concern with regards to the requirement to present myself or to register with immigration officers or the police when commuting within the borders of Guyana.”
The business executive detailed that in a recent trip to Port Kaituma, he came into contact with the new policy and believes that his freedom to travel is being somehow restricted.
“I am not aware that as a citizen there were restrictions to internal travel in this regard. As a citizen of Guyana I believe that my right to freedom of movement within the country is being violated if I have to fulfill this requirement,” said Persaud.
He went on to say that he cannot comprehend why the valuable time of immigration and police personnel have to be dedicated to this “unnecessary humbug for local travel.”
“If the information is needed for any national security purposes, it can be gleaned from the manifest of each one of the carriers. I can understand having to present a photo ID to the agent for check in or possibly security personnel before boarding an aircraft, but I do not see the need for the immigration intervention upon arrival or departure of any port used for travel within the boundaries of Guyana,” the former PSC Chairman noted.
Persaud is urging that the Citizenship Minister take immediate steps to review the new policy.