Why no checkers for legal quarries?
THIS is an open letter to the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Finance.
Quite recently a lot of emphasis has been placed on the issue of illegal quarrying in Trinidad and Tobago. While the stance taken by the Government in dealing with this is admirable, it begs the question, are these ministers aware that since June 26, 2013, there have been no quarry checkers to check the legal quarries?
Quarry checkers have been validating the yardage of material extracted from quarries in order for royalties to be paid to the government since 1978. This results in the collection of millions of dollars for the government.
For almost three months now, quarries have been unrepresented by government workers due to a very dubious decision taken at the Ministry of Finance with the promise that quarry checkers would be transferred to the Ministry of Energy and placed back in the quarries.
To date this has not happened and no information is forthcoming.
Quarry Checkers have suffered a loss of earnings due to this and it is quite frustrating.
I am pleading to the ministers to resolve this matter as quickly as possible and get the quarry checkers back in the quarries to fulfil their revenue collection duties.