The Alliance for Change has raised concerns about the distribution of cash grants to pensioners and has yet again called for a raise in old-age pension.
Guyana’s Head of State Dr. Irfaan Ali on Thursday night announced that pensioners would receive a one-off cash grant of $28,000. According to President Ali, the grant aims to assist pensioners and cushion the current economic situation in Guyana.
However, the Alliance for Change supported the gesture of the President but raised concerns about the distribution process. The AFC claimed that there are still persons who have not received the government’s previous cash grant of $25,000.
Leader of the Alliance for Change Khemraj Ramjattan told media operatives during a press conference on Friday that a transparent process be instituted to allow a smooth process.
“We still need the names of those people or at least must be made accessible to us, the information that is as to who and who are benefitting. Because they could, be a lot of scampishness going on.” Ramjattan said.
While acknowledging that the administration had done good in considering pensioners with the grant, the AFC Leader implored that pension should be raised to what he deems as livable.
Meanwhile, on the Ministry of Social Services page, pensioners were made aware that there was a delay in issuing this month’s pension. The statement outlined that pensioners will receive their grants when uplifting their monthly pension.