Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre
Despite widespread criticism about its performance during its first year in office, the People’s National Party (PNP) is insisting that it has upheld many of the promises in its 2011 Manifesto.
The Portia Simpson-Miller administration launched its first Comprehensive Report Card for Year one of its five-year action plan, ahead of its fourth Cabinet retreat this morning.
According to General Secretary, Peter Bunting, 2012 was used to lay the foundation that will allow the country to manifest its possibilities.
He noted that among its successes, the party has eased immediate social pressures by employing 15,000 persons under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme and passed amendments to the telecommunication act which saw a 30 per cent reduction in voice call rates.
He also noted that the party removed GCT from electricity rates and increased the minimum wage to $5,000 for a 40-hour work week.
In addition, Bunting also noted that under the PNP administration, the closure of Ewarton Works alumina refinery was averted with agreement to maintain employment at 600 local jobs for one year.
He said several programmes are also underway to increase energy efficiency, reduce crime and to rebuild economic stability and foster growth.
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