The Trinidad Guardian / Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Angela Siew is among three people suspended by the Public Service Commission pending an investigation into a license for lands in Felicity which was granted in August last year to acting Commissioner of Police Deodath Dulalchan.
Also suspended while the matter is being investigated are the Commissioner of State Lands Paula Drakes and the Deputy Commissioner of State Lands Bhanmati Seecharan.
The suspensions were confirmed by Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, who told the T&T Guardian the three were suspended on Monday. He could provide no details, however, saying the matter was being handled by the PSC.
Dulalchan was the man selected by the Police Service Commission for the post of Commissioner of Police. But in the wake of allegations involving the land and other issues in the public domain, the Parliament voted instead to set up a special select committee to investigate the process used by the PSC for his selection.
Minister Rambharat had initiated an investigation into the acquisition of the land and a report was subsequently submitted to the prime minister.
Rambharat did not say whether the PSC had acted on the findings of the internal investigation and report in proceeding with the suspensions.
On September 2, Drakes granted Dulalchan permission to occupy State lands at Chatoorie Street Extension, Felicity for agricultural purposes. But four farmers – Bhola Ramdass, Dindi Tarbanie, Satesh Maraj and Selvin Mahabir – claimed they were displaced by Dulalchan. Mahabir and Maraj wrote to the Commissioner of State Lands about the issue, questioning the quick response to Dulalchan’s application.
Dulalchan said he was granted a license in August last year to occupy the land. He subsequently registered as a farmer to develop the land. He said the license was granted by the Commissioner of State Lands and was to be used for the benefit of the Felicity community.
There were also reports that machinery from the Chaguanas Borough Corporation was used to take material to the site. Dulalchan’s wife is employed at the corporation.
Rambharat had initiated an investigation into the acquisition of the land and a report was subsequently submitted to the Prime Minister. Rambharat did not say yesterday whether the PSC acted on the findings of the internal investigation and report in proceeding with the suspensions.
Three suspended over Dulalchan land
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