Politics Behind $145-million Increase of JIS Budget – Grange

Opposition Spokesperson on Information, Olivia Babsy Grange, is suggesting that politics may be behind the government’s decision to increase the budgetary allocation to the Jamaica Information Service, JIS.

She made the comment while contributing to the sectoral debate last week.

Ms Grange says the decision to increase the JIS budget by 1-hundred-and-45 million dollars, is at odds with the programme of austerity being pursued by the government.

According to Ms. Grange, the communications department at the Office of the Prime Minister has also been given an additional 9-million dollars.

She says its unfortunate that while the government appears to be strengthening its Public Relations capabilities, scant regard is being shown to the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica, PBCJ.

Recently workers at the PBCJ threatened industrial action as they complained about poor working conditions and meagre remuneration packages.