Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, Dr. Damien King, is urging the government to fix the database system used in the distribution of welfare benefits to society’s most vulnerable.

He was reacting to Labour and Social Security Minister Karl Samuda announcing the Ministry has earmarked 100-million dollars to be allocated for social assistance to the poor and vulnerable in the 63 constituencies across the island.

Minister Samuda says the multi-million dollar relief programme will be administered by Members of Parliament, who must make recommendations for beneficiaries.

But Dr King says there’s need for a transparent mechanism to distribute the funds.

Dr Damien King, Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute.

In the meantime, Social Commentator, Peter Espeut says there’s need for proper job description for Members of Parliament.

He says it was never intended for MPs to distribute funds to vulnerable people.

He’s describing as a travesty, claims by the Labour Minister that the Ministry has limited records of people in need.

Peter Espeut, Social Commentator.

Both Espeut and Dr. King were speaking last evening on Nationwide @5.