By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – While the Government continues to bear the brunt of scathing criticism over its decision to implement salary increases for Government Minister and Parliamentarians, Governance Minister Raphael Trotman is urging the electorate to “trust” the Government.
Trotman, at a press conference on Wednesday, stated that he does not believe the increases are “astronomical”; adding that if comparative studies were to be done across the region, it would show the proposed salaries are not above the norm.
According to the Governance Minister, the Government is well aware that the decision would have been unpopular noting the ramification of similar moves by other governments across the world.
“We do believe that this was necessary,” said Minister Trotman.
“Trust us…trust and believe in us. We are in no way above or far from what is the norm,” he told reporters.
State Minister Joseph Harmon when asked about the increases had stated that the government has no apologies to make over the issue.
“We have to pay people well if we want them to perform. I am not going to say that I make any apologies whatsoever for Ministers getting increase in salaries, they deserve it,” Harmon had stated.
Asked about his colleague’s statement; Trotman stated that Harmon was caught off guard.
“The Press has been quoting a Minister who was asked to give a comment at an event was quite momentous and symbolic, perhaps he was caught off guard…he was giving an opinion,” said the Governance Minister.
“It’s not a matter of giving an apology or not giving an apology, but we provided, in our opinion – the explanation to the nation…we are not hiding…there is no need for us to run and hide there is no desire to do so,” he added.