Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest is hitting back at Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis who claimed there is a proposal to force cuts in all government ministries, which could include public servants’ salaries.
Turnquest said Davis’ statement was “irresponsible”.
“The government of The Bahamas has made no decision in respect to cutting public service emoluments or any benefits that the public service enjoys to this day,” Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian on Thursday.
Davis said in a statement: “I have learned today that government is proposing matters which in fact might severely reduce domestic spending and demand.
“There is a proposal to force cuts in all ministries including possibly the salaries of public servants.”
Turnquest condemned that statement.
“It is unfortunate that the leader of the opposition would have made such a statement, premature at best.
“…[F]or the leader of the opposition to have sought to strike fear into the hearts of the public service and by wider extension, to the broader public, I think is irresponsible.”
In his statement, Davis also advised the government not to make the problem of fighting the virus worse by shutting down the economy to the point that “financial ruin, hunger and depression are the results.”