Disciplined Forces, healthcare workers to get bonus before Christmas – Dr Singh

Healthcare workers and Members of the Disciplined Services are set to receive their bonuses before Christmas. Senior Minister in the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Hon. Dr Ashni Singh made this announcement today in an interview with DPI.

Dr Singh said this instruction has been handed down by President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali.

“All of the various bonus payments that were announced by the President, I have said that these must be paid before Christmas. So, the staff have been working feverishly to ensure that, for example, the Disciplined Services get paid their bonuses before Christmas,” Dr Singh said.

The Minister affirmed that the Finance team is on track to have all bonuses paid in that timeline.

“The latest update that I received this morning, is that we are on course to achieving that. So, I expect that within another day or two, members of the disciplined services will start receiving their bonuses…We have also said the same with respect to workers in the health sector, that they must be paid before Christmas.”

On November 27, President Ali announced that all healthcare professionals will be given a two-week bonus in December. The Head of State made the announcement at the launch of the upgrading of the Leonora Cottage Hospital to a Smart hospital.

And on December 11, Dr. Ali announced that members of the Guyana Defence Force can also expect a two-week, tax-free bonus in December. The President made this statement at a Christmas lunch with GDF ranks in Kaikan, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven).

Further, on Wednesday, December 16, at the Guyana Police Force’s Annual Commissioner’s Breakfast, the President announced a two-week, tax-free bonus for police personnel.

The Disciplined Forces also includes the Guyana Fire and Prison Services.

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