By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Khurshid Sattaur says he has not been asked to proceed on three weeks accumulated leave by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan.
This is after reports surfaced on Monday, July 20 that Sattaur along with some 20 other personnel from GRA were asked to go on leave that would have accumulated over the years.
“I was not sent on leave; I requested my leave and I normally take my leave around now when others have already taken their leave,” the Commissioner General told iNews during a telephone interview.
Sattaur dismissed the notion that he being sent on leave is a precursor to being dismissed as was seen in cases before.
“There is nothing sinister about it…I am on my regular leave; I requested it. I know a lot of people are speculating that Sattaur must go and all these things but my leave is just a regular leave there is nothing connotative about it,” the GRA head emphasized.
He explained too that henceforth GRA employees will not be able to defer their vacation time and will proceed on leave accordingly. Sattaur told iNews that there are is no employee at GRA with over 300 days accumulated leave but rather some with 3 to 6 six weeks.
“Those who have accumulated leave will have to take it or forfeit it…I do not fault the current administration for wanting to regularize the leave….I don’t like the idea of officers not taking their leave…there is not going to be any deferral or leave from now on,” he stated.