Minister of Public Service, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is back on the job and while he is yet to settle into his new portfolio, the Minister said he has “everything” he needs to complete his tasks.
Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was reassigned from Minister of Education to Minister of Public Service in June; a move which he told media operatives he did not request.
He proceeded on leave shortly after and tendered his resignation from Government, citing “ill-health”. However, following a meeting with the President where assurances were given that efforts will be made to ensure hia workload will not put a strain on his mental and physical state, the Minister rescinded his resignation.
Speaking with reporters before the sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday, the Minister was asked about his health where he said, “I am doing fine, thanks. Thanks for asking.”
Previously, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), the party to which the Minister belongs, had expressed some uncertainty as it relates to the presence of an office, staff and other resources for him to function but the Minister sought to dispel those fears.
He assured that while he has not fully settled into his new portfolio, “I have everything I need…I have inherited some staff.”
The WPA, following the APNU Executive Meeting on July 22, said it was assured that Dr. Roopnaraine remains a senior Government member and that measures will be put in place to ensure he gets all he needs to function in his new office. (Bibi Khatoon)