Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal told the media on June 23 that the Government will be listening to the views of the Senate on the two controversial bills — Judges Salaries and Pensions Amendment Bill and the Retiring Allowances Legislative Amendment bill.
The bills are to be debated in the Senate on June 24.
According to Moonilal, who is also Leader of the House, the House of Representatives had determined and resolved the issue but added that the Government will be listening to the Independent Senators. “And then a decision would be taken at the level of the Senate. I don’t expect any change in policy. The matter was debated and thought out properly,” he said yesterday. He added that he had looked at some of the views expressed (in the media). “I agree with some of the issues that we also need to move to assist other groups of public officials that ensure that their pension arrangements are also as adequate as possible in the circumstances. I share that view but supporting one group does not mean pulling down another,” he said.
He said the House of Representatives had determined and resolved the matter on the two bills on Friday June 13. Both Government and Opposition members supported the measure.