[www.inewsguyana.com] – Regional Democratic Councillors could possibly be in for stipend increase as the Administration sets the stage for reforming Guyana’s Local Government.
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan thinks that adequate and meaningful compensation for Local Government Councillors must be considered in the Administration’s drive to develop strong regions.
Addressing the regional elected representatives at a leadership forum at Arthur Chung International Convention Centre on July 31, the Minister pledged that the increases would be something that Central Government would address meaningfully.
He stated that this is a step in the right direction, if at the end of the day, the RDCs are expected to step up to the entrusted task of leading, managing and developing their regions.
Presently, the RDC Councillors are in receipt of a monthly stipend which amounts to $10,000. The leadership forum was aimed at informing the RDCs Chairmen and Councillors as to the new vision of the Administration as it relates to the relationship between Central Government and regional administration.
The regional representatives were informed they are expected to see themselves differently and were tasked to begin to take more ownership of their regions. The regional representative heard that Central Government is concerned with a move towards the empowerment of the region, to autonomously deliver on local government services. [Extracted and modified from GINA]