Opposition Senator says Procurement Bill will decimate the OPR

Opposition Senator says Procurement Bill will decimate the OPR

Opposition Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial said the Government erred legally in saying the Procurement bill needed just a simple majority.

She said the bill forced different treatment on parties depending on where their financing is coming from and it should have been brought as special-majority legislation.

Lutchmedial said the original 2015 act had been passed by a special majority, and so should the amendment.

Lutchmedial noted the Joint Consultative Council (JCC), media and OPR had all joined the call against the bill, which she said would decimate the OPR, by “chopping, butchering and gutting” a very good piece of legislation, which no one had ever had the chance to see work.

She said the Uff Report (on the construction sector) had lamented “a culture of corruption in TT,” including poor tendering processes. All four objectives of this report could be carried out by this act, she argued.

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