By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman says that the APNU+AFC administration will not be making any immediate steps to increase the salaries of its officials.
Last week news broke that the new government, after 12 weeks in office, would be looking to increase the salaries of Ministers, Parliamentarians and Presidential Advisors.
Finance Minister, Winston Jordan had told iNews that the matter was being ‘actively considered’ but emphasized that there was no fixed figure.
Trotman at a post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday August 05, however made it clear that while the salaries are currently being reviewed, it will not be implemented any time soon.
In fact, Trotman told reporters that that government has noted with some amount of “amusement” the 100% hike in salaries being quoted in some sections of the media.
“Government is not implementing salary increases,” said the Governance Minister.
However despite this position, the government is moving ahead with its review of salaries for the public service, which is being conducted by Professor Harold Lutchman.
Trotman says that this review will also encapsulate the salaries of Government Officials emphasizing the need for differentiation. This is given the fact that there are now Senior Government Officials such as Vice Presidents and Presidential Advisors added with Ministers and Junior Ministers.
“Government is of the view that there has to be differentiation, yes, between Vice Presidents, Ministers or what we would term as Senior Ministers and Junior Ministers. None of these were catered for over the last twenty years and so as a matter of law there will have to be adjustments.”
The Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had wasted no time in critiquing the government saying the administration wants “caviar in hard guava season.”