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Chand Has First Sugar Briefing

Acting Permanent Secretary for Sugar Parmesh Chand undertook his first briefing after assuming the post at Sugar House in Lautoka yesterday. And he said he would be closely working on
28 Jan 2015 10:10
Chand Has First Sugar Briefing
Acting Permanent Secretary for Sugar Parmesh Chand (fourth from left), with various stakeholders during the briefing at Sugar House in Lautoka, yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

Acting Permanent Secretary for Sugar Parmesh Chand undertook his first briefing after assuming the post at Sugar House in Lautoka yesterday.

And he said he would be closely working on the Master Award after the briefing.

Conducting his first meeting after death of former PS, Manasa Vaniqi, Mr Chand said that he was satisfied with the briefing.

“I am very happy with the meeting as we were able to collectively discuss a lot of issues with relevant stakeholders,” Mr Chand said.

“One of the main issues we will be looking at is the review of the master award which will require a lot of work but we will definitely look in it,” he said.

The Master Award, an agreement between the millers and growers, was one of the issues raised during the briefing; other issues were ongoing improvements for transportation; harvesting; loading and improvements on efficiency.

Mr Chand said he looked forward to working with his new team.

“We have a good team and we have a good relationship with all the stakeholders and we hope to achieve the outcomes desired to ensure the industry continues to flourish and grow.

“These issues are all work in progress and I am here now to add momentum to them by virtue of my role as Acting PS,” he said.

Mr Chand said as Permanent Secretary for the Public Service Commission he also had the right support to take the industry to the next level.

“We have sufficient resources; with the Government recognising the importance of this industry; they have given us sufficient resources both financial and others.

“It’s just the matter of us all putting our heads together to continue the good work that has been achieved and keep taking it to the next step; that’s what our objective is.”

Meanwhile Sugar Growers Council chief executive officer, Sundresh Chetty said they all looked forward to working with the acting permanent secretary.

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