Salary increase for PPP Parliamentarians in “special bank account”
Two years later, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is yet to make a decision on how it will spend the salary increases their Parliamentarians had rejected.
General Secretary of the Party and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters during a news conference Wednesday that the parliamentarians are still putting the increases away in a special bank account.
He could not say exactly how much money is in the account nor could he say which bank it is being kept. Jagdeo also expressed that the PPP has not decided how it will spend the savings over the last two years.
“It’s a requirement that I know our MPs are deducting the money and sending it to that bank account … we have not decided as yet (what we’re going to do) but not a cent has been spent,” he stated.
In 2015, the annual salaries of all parliamentarians increased from $2M to $2.4M. The PPP had heavily criticised the government for implementing such steep salary increases so soon after assuming office and had vowed to reject the increases.