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Guyana’s president announces grant for public servants


Guyana’s president announces grant for public servants
Guyana President, Irfaan Ali. (FP)

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Georgetown – President Irfaan Ali on Thursday announced a one-off grant of GUY$25 000 to all public servants and sugar workers.

The president, in a video announcement, said the grants will “assist these workers to cope with the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“The total cost of the grants is in excess of GUY$2 billion and will directly benefit over 60 000 workers and their families,” he noted.

Those in line for benefits will be people employed by central Government, statutory bodies, subvention agencies, public corporations, Government pensioners and staff of the University of Guyana.

According to Ali, the assistance will also extend to current workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).

He added that sugar workers would be provided with transitional support “as we continue to restructure the industry in keeping with the PPPC’s promise”.

The cash grant is in addition to the two-week bonus already given to health workers and members of the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force. (CMC)