PS Sookram tipped to be moved to Office of PM

Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Christine Sookram, is tipped to be moved to the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Express understands that Sookram, who also served under the Ministry of the People and Social Development, is being considered to fill the position that was left vacant by Sandra Marchack who has retired.

If moved, Sookram will be the next head of the Public Service, once approved by the Public Service Commission.

In an attempt to ensure more effectiveness of Ministries and delivery of services, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Cabinet have decided to reshuffle the permanent secretaries.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Cheryl Blackman, has already been confirmed to be moved to the Ministry of National Security. She is expected to officially take up duties from February 1.

Persad-Bissessar also disclosed on Sunday that several Ministers without portfolios will be reassigned to several Ministries.

The Express understands that at least two persons will be assigned to the Ministry of Finance to assist Finance Minister Winston Dookeran.

One of the people likely to be assigned to the Finance Ministry is parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Kevin Ramnarine, who holds an MBA and lectured at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Speaking to the media at the launch of Banking Week by the Bankers Association yesterday, Dookeran said he did discuss with the Prime Minister the need for assistance in his Ministry.

"I did discuss with the Prime Minister the reinforcement of the Ministry of Finance to conduct its many tasks. We will see what will come out of that," he said.

He said he had no idea who the Ministers will be or if he had any preferences.

So far, in the reshuffle, Minister in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Rudranath Indarsingh, has been moved to the Ministry of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprises.

He officially took up duties yesterday.

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