By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The recently appointed Commissioners to the Public Service Ministry Commission of Inquiry (COI) may be working for free, having told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 that they are unaware of their salaries.
The Commissioners – Professor Harold Lutchman, Sandra Jones and Samuel Goolsaran – when asked about their personal remuneration at a press conference to announce the commencement of the COI, were unable to provide a figure.
In fact, lead Commissioner Lutchman asked that such questions be directed to the politicians.
“I have not stipulated nor have I asked how much you are going to pay me. I don’t think that was a major concern for any of us here. We wanted to do a professional job in the interest of our country and the public interest,” said Lutchman.
It was noted too that even if the remuneration happens to be a paltry sum, the Commissioners would be unfettered.
Meanwhile, the Commissions Secretary, Geeta Chandan – Edmond related that statements have already been pouring in.
“We have received at least 30 memoranda from interested parties, interested persons, interested stakeholders…these statements came from all across the country. I have received statements from persons in Canada, in the US and this afternoon I received one from members in the UK,” said Chandan – Edmond.
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 terms of reference of the COI states 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.