Who is the People’s Partnership Minister who agreed to pay Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) deputy general manager Inshwar Jadoonanan $60,000 a month?
This is the question Diego Martin North East MP Colm Imbert asked yesterday in the House of Representatives during the 2013-2014 budget debate.
The Express exclusively reported last week that Jadoonanan had been paid a lump sum of $700,000 after he had signed a contract on January 13, 2013, when he accepted the position, and the terms of employment were backdated to December 2011.
Imbert said Clause 15 of the PTSC Act stipulates that someone could not be paid more than $9,000 without the Minister’s approval. He called on the Corporation Sole (Minister of Finance) to provide an answer.
At the time, Jadoonanan was also employed as PTSC human resource manager from 2010.
The Express also reported that he received monthly emoluments totalling $60,000.
“Madame Deputy Speaker, the man getting about three times your salary,” Imbert said.
He said Linus Rogers, former Airports Authority (AATT) chairman, pointed out that Jadoonanan used to work for the Airports Authority and the PNM-appointed board discovered that he was paying himself and other managers at the airport tax-free salaries.
Jadoonanan was also paying himself and other managers salaries above that which had been approved by the board.
Furthermore, he was paid cash for accumulated vacation, but took both cash and vacation leave.
Imbert said Jadoonanan and others who were terminated took the AATT to court and the People’s Partnership Government instructed the AATT to withdraw from the court matter and to pay the dismissed persons $8 million.
Imbert said furthermore the testimony given at the Commission of Enquiry into the airport project revealed that Jadoonanan was among those managers at the Airports Authority who were not qualified to hold their positions.
“This same Ishwar Jadoonanan, who was fired from the airport in 2001/2002 because he didn’t have a university degree and was not qualified to be the human resources manager at the AATT, ended up as deputy general manager of the PTSC, for which the post also requires a university degree,” said Imbert.
“It is mind-boggling... You put the man in the airport, he wasn’t qualified. Eleven years later...he is still posing as having a university degree...(and) he is promoted to deputy general manager.”