By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is unimpressed with the leaked manifesto of the APNU+AFC which has promised to increase the salaries of public servants specifically in the military of up to 20% if it is elected to office.
During a press conference at Freedom House on Friday, April 24 PPP/C Executive Member, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy explained that after carefully examining the coalition’s manifesto it was realized that, “it has no cohesion, and was put together loosely by many people.”
He added that it contains many unrealistic and irresponsible promises that cannot be implemented. He also accused the APNU+AFC of stealing some of the plans from the PPP’s work with respect to the sugar industry.
He added that the plans are highly audacious, “for them to be proposing things that they voted against in the 10th Parliament.”
Dr Ramsammy, who is also the country’s Agriculture Minister, questioned the logics of the manifesto’s proposed plan to cut GuySuco’s wage bill because of its size, but plans to increase the salaries of military personnel by 20%.
Dr. Ramsammy noted that under a PPP administration sugar will be sustained and heavily supported as was promised by incumbent President Donald Ramotar. The President has promised that some $20B will be injected into the industry over a 5 year period in an effort to boost production.
Meanwhile, newly added member of the PPP/C, Clinton Urling described the manifesto as a, “contradictory crude cut and paste job”, pointing out that it does not highlight how income will be generated but instead only speaks about spending.
He added that no long term development has been established, but the coalition is only promising to develop these plans if it gets into office.
The APNU+AFC coalition has already claimed that the leaked document is not the final version of the manifesto since it has not been approved by the now coalesced parties.