By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has received an invitation from the government to participate in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Public Service, but will not do so until a “qualified consultant” prepares a report on the Terms of References (TORs) outlined.
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee, told a news conference on Monday, September 21, 2015 that while the Party is interested in participating, it believes that the COI is an “unsuitable tool by which the aims of the terms of references that were published can be achieved and we recommended the recruitment of a suitable and qualified consultant to prepare a report on the matters identified in the TORs and on that basis, the PPP would then, along with others, be in a better position to provide its views on the matters and concerns.”
He said the path chosen by the APNU+AFC government is different from the one the PPP has in mind.
“We do have an interest into the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service but the modus operandi which the government chose to go about it, differs from our understanding of how it should be done,” Rohee explained.
The COI has already commenced and the TORs state that it is to inquire into, report on, and make recommendations on the role, functions, recruitment process, remuneration and conditions of service for public servants.
The Commission is also expected to determine measures to improve the efficiency of the public service. There will also be a detailed examination of how the salaries and wages are determined and allocated.
The Commission is expected to have a life of three to five months with the possibility of a renewal should the Commissioners feel the need for more time. The public hearings, which are opened to the general public for oral presentations, will be conducted at the Secretariat Building of the Public Service Ministry on Waterloo Street, Georgetown.
The Commissioners include, Professor Harold Lutchman, Sandra Jones and Samuel Goolsaran.