Sir Frank: Expose NIS delinquents
A FORMER CHAIRMAN of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is agreeing with the publishing of names of delinquents as suggested by Minister of Labour and Social Security Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo.
Sir Frank Alleyne said when he was chairman between 1986 and 1994, the NIS had a similar problem with arrears but faced the issue via public exposure and the law courts.
“When I was chairman, we dealt with it upfront, and we got a lot of flack for it by the Opposition at the time. But I’ve lived to see that the very measures we took to deal with it, they endorsed them and used them . . . .
“We published the names of the people who were hard core delinquents, and we had top class lawyers to go after them. We used various methods to get the money paid into the fund, because if you have hard core delinquency and it’s widespread, it’s going to threaten the vitality of the system,” Sir Frank told the WEEKEND NATION. (RJ)