Former Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire has heaped praise on the government’s Public Support Programme, describing it as a life saver for many a poor family.
Gregoire says as Cabinet Secretary he gave the programme his full support, because it is the kind of initiative that would have benefitted his family had it been around years ago.
According to the now retired Gregoire, the programme would have greatly assisted him and his family, if implemented years ago at a time when his mother, as a poor woman from a rural community (Scottshead), was struggling to make ends meet.
During an interview on state-owned radio Tuesday morning, the retired public service worker said he is leaving the position satisfied that thousands of underprivileged Dominicans have obtained help through the Public Support Programme (PSP).
“I’m from a poor community. I was very poor myself and I knew how that support would have helped my mother…I’m very happy for all the persons that the government has helped,” an emotional Gregoire explained as he begged for a little more time on the interview segment of the DBS Morning News to make that point.
He said through the programme, government has assisted citizens in the areas of education, housing, health and small business, “persons who had nowhere to turn and came to the government for that help.”
Gregoire has retired from the public service, after 34 years.
He continued work as Cabinet Secretary, but ended a two year contract with government this month.
Some of his critics have accused him of going beyond his remit as a public officer and giving political support to the Skerrit administration.