PICA should not have given notice ahead of fee increases - Semaj
The board that advises the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) says the agency should not have given notice ahead of implementing increased application fees.
Chairman of the PICA Advisory Board, Leachim Semaj, says that would have prevented the chaos occurring daily at PICA’s headquarters in St Andrew since announcement of a hike.
PICA announced on Sunday that fees for its services would be increased effective next week Tuesday.
However, in light of the long lines and huge crowds that have been descending on its offices since, the agency yesterday pushed back the date to June 1.
The Opposition in calling for the notice period to be extended is also urging PICA to reduce the rate of increase.
However, Semaj is insisting that the increases and initial one week notice for them to take effect was reasonable.
PICA argues that the increases are important for sustaining its operations, especially as of this financial year it will no longer receive assistance from the government.
It says between Tuesday, May 26 and Friday, May 29 it will accept and process passport applications at the National Indoor Sports Centre starting at 6 o'clock in the mornings.