By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – While the government has been at the receiving end of scathing criticisms over the increase of salaries for Ministers and Parliamentarians, one member of the private sector says that the move is a good one.
Veteran Pilot and former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Gerry Gouveia told reporters during an interview on Tuesday, October 20 that while the timing for the move may not have been the best, he actually believes the government made an excellent decision.
“I actually believe that it is long overdue… I think we must pay our leaders adequate salaries for them to live and then we can judge them by the work they produce,” said Captain Gouveia.
He acknowledged that the move was made a mere four months after the coalition was voted into office but he still has no problem with the controversial increases.
“So the fact that it happened so quickly, the timing may have been a challenge, but I would say that I really don’t have an objection to an increase of salaries cause I want them to be able to perform,” the former PSC Chairman said.
With the increases, Gouveia says that public servants should now expect more from Government Officials in terms of the quality of work.
“Now we can judge them by the results they deliver to us. Now they can understand and have a better appreciation that they must support salary increase across the board for our public servants but I have no problem taking care of our Ministers and paying them proper salaries,” Gouveia said.