BVI Leader, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith in his 4 May territorial address said: “It is also true that Public Officers’ increments were deferred for a couple of years. I preferred to take that decision because of my Government’s commitment to stand by our Public Officers so that they in turn could support their families. I am equally pleased today that we did not have to lay off a single Public Officer as many other of our Caribbean neighbours did.”
“As you know ladies and gentlemen, the increments of our Public Officers are now being paid. I am especially thankful to you, our loyal and hard-working Public Officers for your patience and understanding. May God bless you and your families for the services you dispense to a grateful Territory,” Hon. Smith explained.
However, a contradictory statement about public service increment was presented the day before the Premier’s territorial address by Third District Representative, and Opposition Member, Hon. Andrew Fahie during an informal District meeting.
Following a question from one of his constituents, Hon. Fahie announced: “I am convinced that this administration no matter how much they sugar coated it, it had no intention of paying increments.”
The Opposition Member announced that the pushing of the issue of increments by the Opposition motivated Government to pay increments: “The continuous pressure by the Opposition over a year and almost two years is what caused them to have to pay some increments; but I am still of the notion that they owe you your increments. They cannot say that they were not paying them until they got their accounts in order, because this thing about meeting the country broke is not true,” Hon. Fahie said.