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APNU intends to offer some limitations and fine tune the Former President’s Bill – Nov 7th 2012

The issue of benefits for former Presidents will once again find itself before the National Assembly, as APNU Member of Parliament, Carl Greenidge, puts forward a motion that will seek to offer some limitations to the benefits that former Presidents will enjoy. The Former President’s Bill, which was passed in the last parliament when the PPP enjoyed an absolute majority, has often been criticized by the opposition as offering way too much for the nation’s coffers to take care of, especially in an economy like ours. Now that the opposition is in control of the House, there are some moves to offer some limitations and fine tune the bill so to speak. It’s a move the Government is not happy about.

But of all those names listed by Dr. Luncehon, the only former Presidents who are still alive are former President, Bharrat Jagdeo and Prime Minister, Sam Hinds, who served for less than a year following the death of Dr. Cheddi Jagan. So they are the only two who would benefit from what some observers see as the over the top pension package. Both Forbes Burnham and Cheddi Jagan died in office. Pension packages were given to former Presidents, Arthur Chung, Desmond Hoyte and Janet Jagan, but the packages they got were nowhere close to the one offered to Jagdeo and Hinds. And its that same one that the opposition now intend to trim.

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