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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:50am
Efforts on the part of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) were instrumental in awarding in excess of $4 million in rebates to consumers of utilities companies during the course of this year. In fact Chairman of the Commission, Justice Prem Persaud, in an interview with this publication related that over the period of about five years, more than $15 million was refunded to consumers.Tasked with regulating, investigating and enforcing measures to govern the operations of the local utility companies, including those responsible for electricity, water and telephone, the PUC often carries out its mandate based on complaints from consumers.  It is also charged with monitoring the activities of such entities.PUC Chairman, Justice Prem PersaudWith the Guyana Power and Light Inc.(GPL), Guyana Water Incorporated Inc. (GWI), Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Digicel under its purview, the PUC has the power to initiate and conduct investigations into the operations and standards of service offered by these public utility companies.Similar to previous years, Justice Persaud revealed that the utility company which was required to pay the most refunds to customers following interventions was GPL.He disclosed that it was in recognition of the fact that GPL offers a very essential service to consumers, representation was made by the Commission to have the PUC Act amended. This move, according to Justice Persaud, allowed for timeframes to be outlined within which certain works must be done by the electricity company.“As soon as they breach the timeframe a penalty kicks in…They have to pay per day whenever they default…be it late reconnection or new installation…every time they fail to do what they are required to, a cost is imposed, ” the PUC Chairman informed.Each time GPL delays in providing a service as detailed in the stipulation it is ordered to pay residential customers $1, Wholesale Jerseys, 000 per day, a cost which is doubled in the case of commercial services. With respect to GT&T, the PUC was able to forge an agreement which saw the telephone company submitting to an unfixed rule to reduce its rates in proportion to a fixed month, if it delays providing certain services to consumers within a prescribed three-day period.According to the PUC Chairman, GPL usually proves to be the most troublesome, while Digicel is viewed as the least trouble to consumers. “We have done a lot for consumers…some consumers were overbilled or the utility services defaulted in what they have to do with respect to the services they provide, but we were able to get a lot back for consumers, ” Justice Persaud asserted.With less than three weeks remaining in 2012, the PUC has to date received a total of 513 complaints with 316 being attributed to GPL of which 250 have been resolved; 107 for GT&T of which 99 were resolved; 85 for GWI of which 76 have been resolved,   and five for Digicel, all of which were resolved. Most of the complaints were related to billing and there were instances of disconnection which warranted the intervention of the PUC. Last year a total of 504 complaints were recorded by the PUC.According to Justice Persaud, although the Commission is required to intervene on behalf of consumers it has become evident that the bills consumers prefer to pay are those related to the electricity and telephone services.At the moment GWI is seeking to have the PUC approve a tariff harmonisation plan which could see water rates being increased for some consumers and lowered for others. But according to Justice Persaud, “GWI is right now in a bad way; people are stealing (water), they prefer to pay for telephone and electricity and very few people are disconnected from those two services (electricity and telephone) but not the same for GWI…people prefer not to pay for water”.Nevertheless he admitted that it was a fairly successful year for the Commission which, in March, expanded its reach by opening a branch in Berbice. Justice Persaud informed that the Commission is currently mulling further expansion in Region Two and Region 10. In the interim, though, he noted that one of the hallmarks of the PUC that will be sustained in the coming year is its public education drive which is taken regularly to schools, market places and other public locations, with a view of highlighting the important role of the Commission.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:50am
…protest lurks if matter not resolvedFed up with waiting and given the royal run around by officials both in the previous Jagdeo administration and the current, a group of retired employees from the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) get monthly pensions that are unrealistic.And this pension is the same for the cleaners and retired managers—$18, 000 a month. They are now contemplating street protests to force a resolution to their problem that dates back to 1991 when the Guyana Telecommunications Corporation (GTC) was privatized.Donald Nurse, a 15-year Plant Manager is heading the group of retirees petitioning Government to settle their pension payments once and for all said that a meeting will be called tomorrow at the Guyana Postal and General Workers Union (GPTWU) Georgetown headquarters, in hopes that a favourable direction would be the outcome.The more than 130 pensioners are hoping that a massive protest will not be the result of unpaid benefits owed to them. In August last, the retirees and their union held a meeting to discuss the issue.The former telecommunication workers said that years of negotiations with Government have proven to be “futile and a waste of time”.Nurse said that all categories of workers are currently earning the same pension. “From Manager to cleaner is receiving about $18, 000 a month.” He added that instead of paying pensions on rates dating back to 1991, the Office of the President has proposed to do so from 2004; taking away13 years of earnings and large sums of money the pensioners worked for during both the time of the previous state-owned Guyana Telephone Company (GTC) and the GT&T, NFL Jerseys Cheap, its successor.The issue had its origin following the privatization of the GTC in 1990.Workers who under the GTC would have retired at age 55 were asked to stay on the job with the company until the new pensionable age of 60. They were assured that their services would be treated as continuous and unbroken and the other conditions of service will not be less favourable than what they enjoyed.Based on the agreement for workers to stay on with the private company, it was understood that the former employees, upon retirement from GT&T, should have received their pension and gratuity from the present Government through the Ministry of Finance, in keeping with the Pension and Corporation Acts.Nurse presented a letter sent to the Ministry of Finance by the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) head, Winston Brassington, in early 2000s for the Ministry to pay off the workers.Nurse believes, however, that after tallying up the years of service and the money owed “it was probably felt to be a hefty sum to pay out, ” and so the pension was never paid. It is estimated that the outstanding pension and gratuity benefits could be in excess of $20M.President of Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union, Harold Shepherd, said in August that, “a technician should have been receiving a monthly pension of at least $50, 000, while a former Manager should have been the recipient of way over $100, 000 per month.”Nurse and a colleague James Kendall, are however of the view that the group is being discriminated against and is being treated with scant respect by authorities.Wednesday’s meeting follows the lobbying of two presidents, union leaders, the GT&T; opposition parliamentarians and others without success. At least two dozen former employees on the list to be paid have died without ever earning their just pensions. It is hoped that their spouses and children would benefit from payments if the case is settled anytime soon.Calls to the Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh, went unanswered, while other officials were said to be unavailable for the day.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:50am
A group of rice farmers from Seafield, West Coast Berbice has secured a High Court ruling which can potentially see them repossessing farm lands that were reclaimed by the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA).The three farmers Phillip Johnson, Rawle Miller and Rupert Blackman had moved to the courts last October through Attorney Anil Nandlall after the MMA/ADA cancelled their leases for several acres of plantation lands.Johnson had particularly described the scenario, which he said deprived them of their livelihood.During a visit to Kaieteur News, Johnson had provided this publication with a copy of a lease agreement, issued under the hand of former President Donald Ramotar, which was finalized in November, 2014.The MMA/ADA, he said, had subsequently published a notice in the dailies which stated that as a result of a court action last October, all the leases are cancelled with immediate effect. The farmer told this newspaper that he made contact with the MMA/ADA General Manager, Aubrey Charles, who informed him of the court action and said nothing further could be done.The land, he said, had already been cultivated at a substantial cost. To compound the situation, he said the rice farmers were asked to pay the MMA/ADA to reap the rice cultivated on the land.The three farmers, Phillip Johnson, Rawle Miller and Rupert Blackman following Friday’s ruling6The affected rice farmers held out that the issue stems more from collusion between members of the MMA/ADA and a selected few farmers who control the majority of lands in the West Berbice District.Johnson said that just about six families were in control of some 500 acres of rice lands in the area.The legal challenge brought against the Authority, later described the decision as discriminatory, arbitrary, capricious, influenced by irrelevant consideration, unconstitutional, unlawful and should be rendered null and void.In the affidavit to support their claims, the farmers had noted that the MMA/ADA had issued them leases to the State lands in 2014 after the relevant documents were filled out and the fees were paid.The farmers lamented over the fact that they had spent monies to develop the lands and they had stayed within the boundaries of the agreement stipulated by the Agricultural body. Meanwhile, Attorney for the farmers, Anil Nandlall, had argued that the lands were leased in accordance to Sections 3(b) of the State Lands Act Chapter 62:01 and in accordance MMA/ADA Act No. 27 of 1977.The document stated that in the September 26, 2015 edition of the Kaieteur News, a notice was published by the MMA /ADA outlining that the Authority has issues with the leases for State Lands situated in the rear of Seafield Village, NFL Jerseys Cheap, West Coast Berbice. The MMA/ADA said the leases issued were contrary to an Order of the Court and in the circumstances, were cancelled.On Friday, Outgoing Chief Justice (Ag) Ian Chang   handed down a ruling which essentially quashed MMA/ADA‘s decision.The Chief Justice (CJ) noted that the Agricultural organisation had no authority to cancel a lease granted by the President on the ground that it was granted unlawfully.“If the MMA/ADA was aggrieved by the Presidential grant, the MMA/ADA or any aggrieved person could have taken proceedings in court, not against the President but against the Attorney General challenging the legality of the grant made by him, ” Chang said in the ruling.He noted that such a challenge should have never been brought to Court since it is not open forMMA/ADA or any other person to make such a determination on a Presidential Grant.In granting judgment against the Authority, the CJ awarded the applicants cost in the sum of $40, 000.Last year, the Full Court of the High Court had granted the farmers injunctions which restrained the MMA/ADA from further interference of the farmer’s peaceful occupation of the lands.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:50am
Nuff people happy that dem children do good at de Grade Six Assessment but if dem know that de Permanent Secretary in de Ministry and he secretary don’t know as much as dem li’l children who pass, Cheap NFL Jerseys, dem same parents would tek dem children out of school.De PS can’t spell and he secretary who suppose to correct de wuk before she send it out wuss.Dem boys shame when dem see de letter but then again dem seh that if a man is a Permanent Secretary then he can write he own dictionary.But if dem boys think things bad wid de PS dem got to go to de Finance Ministry. A certain big one get in trouble and somebody give he a dismissal letter. De man get vex and is then dem boys know trouble when dem see it.De man walk in pun de one who serve de letter and de next thing dem see is de man coming back without de letter and he smiling.Is when he sit down that people know wha happen. Dem hear de man talking that any marching orders he carrying people wid him. De man who write de letter get de message and he call somebody upstairs.Right away dem get instructions to withdraw de letter. And dem do it pronto.Talk half. Lef half.
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