Tewarie: Retrenchment at CDA a red herring

For­mer Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship min­is­ter Dr Bhoe Tewarie says the $88 Mil­lion debt be­ing tout­ed as the rea­son for staff cuts at the Ch­aguara­mas De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­i­ty (CDA) is noth­ing more than a red her­ring.

Speak­ing on CNC3's The Morn­ing Brew with host Hema Ramkissoon, Tewarie said if the PNM ad­min­is­tra­tion had fol­lowed through with plans put in place un­der his tenure for the de­vel­op­ment of the Ch­aguara­mas penin­su­la from 2012 to 2015, the CDA would be in a much bet­ter po­si­tion.

 

In a re­lease on Tues­day, the CDA an­nounced plans to re­trench some 68 em­ploy­ees, say­ing they on­ly need­ed 132 em­ploy­ees. The re­lease stat­ed the staff in­crease to 200 em­ploy­ees was done in 2010 un­der the PP gov­ern­ment.

But Tewarie de­nied those claims, say­ing that af­ter the 2015 gen­er­al elec­tion a large num­ber of em­ploy­ees were re­placed by PNM par­ty loy­al­ists.

This sto­ry will be up­dat­ed through­out the day.

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad

 

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