More than 50,000 civil servants receive a 7% salary increase – Guyana newsroom

Press release from the Ministry of Finance – More than 50,000 civil servants, teachers, disciplined service members and state retirees received their 2021 pay raises in the past week.

The payment of the retroactive 7% wage increase along with substantial December salaries and pensions put $10.5 billion in the hands of civil servants, teachers, disciplined service members and government retirees.

The Chief Minister in the President’s Cabinet for Finance, Dr Ashni Singh, had previously ordered that every effort be made to ensure that those eligible receive their salary plus retroactive amounts on the designated payday, and he s It was committed in November 2021 that the general 7% wage increase would be paid in time for the Christmas season.

Staff from the Ministry of Finance as well as staff from the respective Ministries and Regions Finance Departments have been working tirelessly to ensure that workers receive their December salaries as well as retroactive payments as per the government’s promise.

In stressing the importance of people receiving their paychecks last week, Minister Singh also acknowledged the efforts of the many employees involved to ensure that payrolls from various agencies were processed on time.

The PPP/C government has continued to take a multi-faceted approach to improving the lives and livelihoods of our citizens. This injection will also stimulate economic activity across the country, as the $10.5 billion placed in the hands of public sector employees will be multiplied as workers spend their increase in disposable income in markets, shops or other companies across the country.

Also recently, a one-time cash grant of $250,000 was distributed to each of the laid-off sugar workers at Enmore, Skeldon, Rose Hall and Wales sugar estates, injecting more than $1.3 billion into surrounding communities.

Since taking office in 2020, the PPP/C Government has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of Guyanese in the face of the global COVID 19 pandemic and the real impacts of climate change.

In 2020, the government immediately introduced a COVID-19 cash grant, where $25,000 was disbursed per household. In 2021, the monthly old-age pension has increased from $20,500 to $25,000 and public assistance has increased from $9,000 to $12,000. In August 2021, special measures were announced to provide a one-time grant of $25,000 to all retirees, public assistance recipients and people with disabilities.

The government reinstated and increased the $19,000 Because We Care cash grants for parents of school-aged children and expanded the program to children attending private schools.

Importantly, the government has also committed $400 million for a special 2021 payout to frontline health care workers who continue to support our health sector to meet new and ongoing challenges. by the COVID 19 pandemic.

The government assures its continued commitment to continue to work diligently to offer a better quality of life to all citizens.

William M. Mayer