No person would be worse off in respect of terms and conditions of work upon the introduction of a new Town and Country Planning regime.
This was the assurance given by Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie as he spoke in the Senate at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, Tuesday on the motion to adopt the Report of the Special Select Committee appointed to consider and report on the Planning and Development of Land Act. Apart from establishing a new system of land development and facilitation, the legislation would also repeal the Town and Country Planning Act.
Tewarie said, “Very likely a significant portion of persons (in the Town and Country Planning Division) would enjoy better terms and conditions” in the new arrangement. He said nobody is going to be forced to go where they do not wish to go. “There would be a matter of free choice of the options that are available,” he said.
Tewarie said given the current understaffing in Town and Country Planning, coupled with the demands that this bill will call for, both from the Ministry of Planning, the National Planning Authority, the local entities and the local government authorities, meant the prospects for the future were not for firing, but rather for the hiring of technical competence.
“At the present time, most of my people in Town and Country planning related to this matter are being trained,” he said.