President announces two weeks tax free bonus for GDF ranks

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President Irfaan Ali on Friday announced that ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will receive two weeks tax-free bonus in their next pay slip.

The President made the announcement while visiting ranks stationed at Kaikan in Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni); he also joined the ranks and residents for Christmas Lunch in the community.

In expressing appreciation to those gathered for their sacrifices and commitment. as well and their loyalty to the people of Guyana, the President further challenged the GDF to select three most eligible ranks, from amongst themselves, to be given University of Guyana scholarships. He further explained that the ranks will also benefit from other scholarships and training in 2021.

“I have no doubt that you have it in you. By acting upon your calling to serve your country, you will honour this responsibility. I appreciate too that the Executive has a role to ensure that you are treated well; to ensure that you have opportunities before you, to ensure that when you exit this segment of your life that you will be prepared and equipped to enter other areas or fields to continue your contribution to national development. This is important for you and your families,” the President said.

President Irfaan Ali and Chief of Staff Brigadier Godfrey Bess (Photo: Office of the President/December 11, 2020)

The President reiterated that even though a large portion of the budget will be used to mitigate issues surrounding the pandemic, the government is still going to deliver to the men and women in uniform.

Additionally, the Head of State also announced that resources will be set aside in the 2021 budget for one of the reserves, Marlon Daniels, to visit the community and work with residents to fix the water system.
The President pointed to the need for adequate lighting at the airstrips.

The President poses for a picture with residents of Kaikan (Photo: Office of the President/December 11, 2020)

Chief-of-Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Godfrey Bess also addressed the ranks and extended appreciation to the Head of State for his unprecedented engagement in the community.

Following a cultural programme, the Commander-in-Chief, as is customary, served the GDF ranks and joined them in the festivities. (Modified press release from Office of the President)

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