GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Leader of the opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) party, Aubrey Norton, on Tuesday called on the government to put in place urgent measures to help Guyanese to cushion the rising cost of life in the country.
“Had the government followed the advice of the PNCR and developed a people-centred approach, Guyanese today would have had more money to offset rising prices,” Norton told a news conference. .
He said the PNCR, the largest party in the coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) had advised “for example, to increase the salary of civil servants in 2022 by more than 25%, to increase the minimum wage and the tax threshold”.
He said the party had also called for the abolition of personal income tax on low wages, a generous hazard allowance for frontline workers and a guarantee to all households with a subsistence minimum income.
“Such measures would have helped considerably,” said Norton, noting that while the PNCR is aware that the world is experiencing inflation, it remains concerned that the Guyanese government has not acted to implement policies and measures. programs which will make it possible to remedy the situation and to bring Norton to recognize that the measures outlined by the PNCR would not be sufficient in a situation of high inflation, they would nevertheless have cushioned the misdeeds of the rise in the cost of living and the fall real income of Guyanese.
“Recently, the price of flour has increased by 15%; cooking gas reached GUY$5,700 (one Guyanese dollar = US$0.008) a bottle, and prices at the pump jumped 20%.
“These are just a few examples of the dire straits our less fortunate citizens find themselves in,” Norton told reporters, adding that Irfaan Ali’s government should consult with the opposition to chart a way forward on the issue. the high cost of living.
“Failure to consult an opposition that represents at least half of Guyana’s population would only be further proof that the One Guyana policy is nothing short of a cruel joke.
“It is more worrying when one notes the PPP/C’s (Civic People’s Progressive Party) recent history of discrimination in the distribution of COVID-19 relief and flood relief. The PNCR calls on the PPP/C government to end its divisive policy and treat all Guyanese equally,” Norton said.
He told the press conference that the PNCR will closely monitor the distribution of the five billion dollars allocated in the 2022-23 national budget to address cost of living issues. (CMC)