There have been suggestions as to the industries which should engage our attention as we seek to diversify the economy.
You are here
Now is time for urgent Public Service reform
On June 13, 17 former Permanent Secretaries caused to be published, via letters to the editor of the daily newspapers, their response to statements which I made at the recent Indian Arrival Day celebrations. It would appear that they did not have the benefit of reading my last article, published June 12, which comprehensively tears apart their purported arguments.
I wish to quote Mr Kenneth R Lalla, CMT, SC, who is a prominent lawyer and former chairman of the Public Service Commission, the Police Service Commission, the Defence Force Commissions Board and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
Premised on his experience and research, he stated inter alia in his authoritative text on The Public Service and Service Commissions that: “Allegations of biases and partially of civil servants have been evident prior and subsequent to the advent of the Independence of T&T and they have not been devoid of substance. The population of T&T is comprised of two major ethnic groups.
“Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian, the two major groups have been polarised politically, both before and after political Independence of the country. Moreover, one of the characteristics of the Civil Service is that it has been and still is staffed predominantly by Afro-Trinidadians. Indeed, the political arena had always been dominated by two political parties—the PNM supported largely by Afro-Trinidadians and PDP, subsequently replaced by the DLP, then the ULF, all supported largely by Indo-Trinidadians.
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.
Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.
Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.
User profiles registered through fake social media accounts may be deleted without notice.