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Public servants said yesterday
they feld disrespected by the bouff
from the Minister of Agriculture
Even the president of the Public
Service Association, Watson Duke,
thought the minister s statement to
be one that would affect the morale
of the public servants but in the
words of Christ said: "He is forgiven
because he does not know what he
Duke said he would chalk up the
minister s statement to "ignorance
and lack of experience."
"He should desist from making
that statement again.
"Some say that people in office
(referring to ministers) do not know
the brunt of challenges that they
are met with when they report to
work on a daily basis," Duke said.
Rambharat said on Tuesday non-
performing public servants from
the Land Management Division
were preventing him from doing
his job. He said he was frustrated
by the lack of co-operation in that
division as he tried to stamp out
One worker at the ministry, who
spoke on the condition anonymity,
said dealing with members of the
public was not an easy task.
"People feel that we are magi-
cians here at the ministry and can
get everything done at the same
time for them but there are proce-
dures to follow. Also, there are only
so much work that one person can
do when the day comes," the worker
Duke said public servants were
the ones that felt the economic
crunch and were the ones suffering
and "despite all that they still do a
lot of the country. They are the ones
who got the country to this point
and have been pushing the country
"Clarence needs to be careful of
his words. It has not been since a
year yet that he is in office and all
of a sudden he becomes an author-
ity to public servants. It is inappro-
priate and selfish of the minister,"
Asked if public servants were get-
ting the necessities to carry out
their duties, Duke replied:
"No. They are not providing the
proper office space, not providing
proper infrastructure, proper train-
ing---as the public service academy
stands as a white elephant---and
also, the motivation factor, delayed
payments and non-payments make
them feel they are not important."
He said despite all that, public
servants continued to make sacri-
fices for the country.
Asked to elaborate on his state-
ment, Rambharat said yesterday he
was specifically addressing the issue
of complaints that phones were not
being answered and that people
were not being able to find out what
was going on with land transactions.
"I was also addressing the issue
of enforcement of the retractions
on use of lands for agricultural pur-
"We are currently working on a
plan to rebuild the capacity of the
Land Management Division to
process applications and respond
to the public in a timely manner.
We are also dealing with the issue
of enforcement and the need to
strengthen our capacity for enforce-
ment," Rambharat said.
Asked if any action would be
taken against idle workers or if they
could face disciplinary action,
Rambharat said that disciplinary
action was a matter for the perma-
nent secretary at the ministry.
"Appropriate action includes
finding others ways to get the work
done," he added.
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A police officer cautions human rights activist, Ishmael Samad, outside the
Criminal Investigations Department headquarters, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Samad was instructed to move from in front of the police station as he held a
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Public servants hurt over public bouff
Public Service Association
president, Watson Duke.
Minister of Agriculture,
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