Taxpayers should not be made to pay for Ministers’ ‘drinking bill’
The issue of spending by the Parliament office on each sitting of the National Assembly featured in the local press this week. And Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, reiterated his concerns about the increasing sums of money being spent by the APNU+AFC Coalition Government on dietary (food) expenses – expenses paid for by taxpayers’ dollars.
One of the reports in the local media noted that some $700,000 is spent on dietary expenses for each sitting.
Jagdeo at his news conference on Thursday (August 16, 2018) charged that his problem with the spending at the Parliament office revolves around the massive sums being spent on imported alcohol.
According to him, taxpayers should not be paying for the ‘drinking bills’ of government officials. He said, “It is the alcohol part that I have a problem with…if the MPs want to have a drink anywhere in the lounge, they can do that, but not ask tax payers to pay the bills,” he said.
The Opposition Leader added, “…we should have really a no-alcohol policy up there. Let people buy their liquor if they want to. You have some of them up there with their entire monthly salary; even the raised salary, the 50% increase, would not be enough to pay for the liquor that they would consume.”
He added that under the former PPP/C Administration there were never the levels of spending on alcohol – rums, whiskeys, wines and imported beers – as is being seen under the current Government.
Here you go Dave,
Jagdeo should have kept his mouth shut,that fella grasping at straws.