Joint Services salaries available

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Ministry of Finance says salaries for the Joint Services and other agencies under the Ministry of Public Security are payable.

In a statement to the Department of Public Information (DPI) earlier today, Minister Jordan explained the delay in the payment resulted from clerical issues and not the unavailability of finances as was reported in some sections of the media.

The Minister said the payroll was imported and the payment cheque prepared for uplifting on Thursday, October 18.

He further explained that a request for 6141 and Virements was received the following day, with insufficient information. A request for additional information was satisfied after 17:00 hrs. and a letter for Budget approval sent to the Director of Budget on Monday, October 22. Approval was granted, and the funds released the same day.

Attempts to import the payroll on Tuesday, October 23 highlighted several errors resulting from incorrect postings during the year. According to the Minister, staff worked into the night to correct the detected errors. The staff of the Ministry of Public Security were unable to assist in the process with necessary explanations despite being provided with tables and demonstrations from the technical staff of the Ministry of Finance, for hours. The result, therefore, was the inability to process the Ministry of Public Security’s payroll.

The issue has since been rectified and salaries are available to all agencies.

Kidackie Amsterdam/ Paul Mc Adam.