By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The APNU+AFC manifesto has stirred a lot of social debate since it was leaked in the last 24 hours, with most of the conversation being about the proposed salary increases for public servants and disciplinary service officers which were noted in the 46 page document.
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.
The document proposes that should the APNU+AFC be elected to office, it would institute a 10% across the board increase for salary workers in the first instance. This will be done as a prelude to the resuscitation of collective bargaining for the public service.
According to the document, the APNU+AFC also has plans to constitute an Independent Constitutional Salaries Review Commission to be responsible for the periodic review of salaries, pensions and other conditions for persons appointed to constitutional offices including the President, Prime Minister and members of the judiciary.
Looking towards to the security sector, the coalition has plans to increase the salaries of all law enforcement officers by a sweeping 20% during its first year in office.
Further, it has plans to establish a Ministry of Justice and National Security with the aim of coordinating all aspects of public safety, border security and the National Security Strategy.
APNU+AFC also have plans to grant full permission to the US Drug Enforcement Agency to fully establish a local DEA office. Additionally, the coalition would seek to establish a unified Drug Enforcement and Control Agency to coordinate and execute the National Drug Enforcement Police between the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Police Narcotics Unit, DEA, Interpol and other related agencies.