KINGSTON — Member of Parliament for South West St. Catherine, Everald Warmington, on July 13, 2011 tabled a motion in the House of Representatives calling for debate on the recommendations contained in the Public Sector Rationalisation Plan.
The motion also urged that no section of the plan should be gazetted until a debate is had in Parliament.
The Public Sector Master Rationalisation Plan, which contains recommendations for the restructuring of ministries, departments and agencies, was tabled as a Green Paper in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding on July 20, 2010.
Since then, a number of organisations, public and private sector institutions, as well as individuals, have submitted their recommendations and comments to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), a sub-committee of Parliament.
As part of the process of engagement, the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) of the Cabinet Office, which prepared the document, met six times with the PAAC to hear the submissions and to have the opportunity to respond to the recommendations and comments presented.
During his 2011/12 Budget Debate presentation in Parliament on May 10, Prime Minister Golding, announced the PSTU’s recommendations for the restructuring exercise, and tabled Ministry Paper Number 34, providing the outline.
He said it is proposed to reduce public sector employment from 118,163 to between 108,000 and 109,000, over a five year period.
By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter