Chandler knocks wastage
INDEPENDENT SENATOR DR FRANCES CHANDLER yesterday bemoaned the high level of wastage in Government.
Contributing to debate on the Appropriation Bill 2011 in the Senate, Chandler said Government ministers spent a lot of tax dollars on travel – mostly unnecessary first class – and one seldom saw the returns for their travels.
She also stated that it was necessary to clean up a situation where people were given jobs in Government but had no intention of working.
She gave an example of a situation where six workers from the National Petroleum Corporation were on a site and only two were working, while the others did nothing.
She said the explanation forthcoming was that it was union-related, where the person digging the trench did not lay the pipe.
Chandler, who supported the Appropriation Bill, said she agreed with Government spending money on summer camps, but noted that parents should take the responsibility of feeding their children who attended the camps.
She added that she was not satisfied that enough steps were being taken in dealing with issues related to the elderly.
The agriculturalist stated that a lot of Barbadians were living above their means and were being sucked in by incentives and marketing strategies being peddled by companies, including commercial banks.
She stressed that often unsuspecting consumers were getting into these relationships with commercial entities to their disadvantage.
Senator Chandler also expressed her dissatisfaction with the level of comfort that existed when doing business in Barbados, even in an era of advanced technology.
Touching on her pet subject of agriculture, Chandler said the Royal Barbados Police Force needed to take predial larceny more seriously. She noted there was no point to having legislation if it was not enforced.
She suggested that in the same way the police stopped vehicles to search for drugs and guns, they should also intercept vehicles and check for possession of stolen produce. (WG)