JIS News

A Bill to allow the linking of service in the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in order to facilitate pension payments to officers who have served in both arms of the Force, is to be introduced in Parliament.
Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan yesterday (October 23), informed the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that Cabinet had approved the submission from the Ministry of Finance and Planning to introduce the Bill – ‘An Act to Amend the Constabulary Force Act’.
He explained that the legislation sought to, “transfer the terms of service of an ISCF member to service in the JCF”.
“This Bill has been considered by the Legislation Committee (of Cabinet), which recommended that it be accepted for introduction in Parliament,” he pointed out.
When the Bill is passed, it will provide enhanced pension benefits for those members of the ISCF, who moved to the JCF.
On another matter, the Minister said Cabinet held a “long session” with an Air Jamaica team, led by Chairman O.K. Melhado and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Conway. “We discussed the situation as it now relates to the airline two years after the government re-assumed responsibility,” Mr. Buchanan said.
However, he noted that at the end of the discussions, “Cabinet was still not in a position to take any definitive decisions .therefore, we decided that the standing Cabinet sub-committee on Air Jamaica should have a further meeting with the team on Monday (October 30), and on Wednesday (November 1), we will receive a report from the committee and at that time we hope to make the necessary decisions as to the way forward with Air Jamaica”.