By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Jagnarine Singh has indicated his willingness to offer his resignation but will only do so if he is asked by his superiors – the APNU+AFC government.
This comes after some rice farmers in Essequibo, Region 2 would have called for the revamping of the rice board, which would see Singh being removed from his portfolio.
Naith Ram, Tage Shewcharran, Bhim Singh and Karan Chand of the Essequibo Paddy Farmers Association appeared on the National Communications Network on Saturday, June 14, expressing their dissatisfaction with the fact that the PetroCaribe fund is empty.
Ram observed that hundreds of farmers on the Essequibo coast have not been paid since March which has seen them going to the bank to continue their business, which is not the best way out.
“I am appealing to the Minister and the new Government that the GRDB board must go,” Ram said, adding that “the Board has been corrupt and have been working in collusion with the millers. The ones who are suffering are basically the ones who are toiling in the field.”
But Singh is unmoved by Ram’s criticisms telling iNews that it is merely hate being spewed out of the mouth of the rice farmers.
Referring to a Kaieteur News front page some time ago Singh said, he (Ram) was the one that was “naked in front of Kaieteur, the same one calling for me to resign.., it’s just hate….it’s all about hate…but I am going to take my time and do my thing, I am going to see the Minister… I am sure I can’t stay here.”
He further noted, “I have a contract and I am sure that inside there is such a thing as a termination clause.”
Singh’s contract with the government will expire in 2018.
Having been the Head of the GRDB for several years, Singh is seen as playing an instrumental role in in developing the Caricom Rice Standard, with the Bureau of Standards while petitioning for the parboiled rice industry.