Public Security Minister mulling James Singh’s return under his Ministry


Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said he could employ former Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) James Singh within his Ministry.

Singh was sent on immediate leave in March of this year and was later fired by Government in June.

Former CANU head James Singh

Singh had confirmed his dismissal but declined to give any details about why he was fired.

Asked about the fate of the former anti-narcotics agency’s head, Ramjattan said Singh has a vast scope of experience and expertise that should not go to waste.

“I will make a decision in relation to rehiring him, depending on the vacancies at the Ministry or in other units that come under Public Security.

But he comes with a tremendous amount of experience and expertise and I would like to have him rehired in some quarters in my portfolio function of Minister of Public Security,” Ramjattan said.

Singh who was appointed to head CANU in 2008, has qualifications in public security, business and engineering. On March 1, Government had announced that Singh had proceeded on leave due to the days he had accumulated.

At the time, Minister Ramjattan had also informed this newspaper that there was a deputy at CANU who would help retired Major General Michael Atherly in the administration of the Unit in the absence of Singh.

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan

Ramjattan had also said “in a scenario where very complex and difficult decisions have to be made, there is need for some amount of reconfiguration and restructuring.”

Minister of State Joseph Harmon had said that the decision was in line with Government’s policy of ensuring that officers did not accumulate annual leave and in turn request pay in lieu.



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