Jun 3, 2010

Dr. Lincoln Douglas|Minister of State in Ministry of the People and Social Development

 Dr. Lincoln Douglas
Yesterday, Dr Lincoln Douglas, Minister of State in the Ministry of the People and Social Development, was sworn in at a private ceremony at Knowlsey House, Port of Spain. Speaking after the swearing-in, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who this ministry was the brainchild of, said she envisioned the ministry as one that would have interaction and participation from the people, ’instead of them just coming up against the (government) bureaucracy’.
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Now that we have Dr. Douglas in place it should be interesting how this Ministry of the People interacts with the role of the Ombudsman. The Prime Minister acknowledged that the Ombudsman was the person that the people could take their complaints to however, she also noted that the system was not working.
This Ministry of the People would have offices located across the country where citizens can go and make their complaints. Now making a complaint does not mean that the problem will be quickly addressed. This is going to be the make or break Achilles heel of the new Ministry. The goal is to deliver and if they fail then the entire concept would have failed and with this failure the people will be saying, "same ole, same ole".
Let's go with the wait and see approach and wish them only success with this endeavor. After all we want progress and it this works then the populace will be less stressed and have the feeling like they have a place to go where their problems can be resolve. This also means that Local government issues will have to be remedied very quickly to deliver the requires services. Keep hope alive!






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