Financial accountability the main reason  …”TT ENVOY TO INDIA QUITS”

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You ever hear about anybody in a cushy position resigning?

Well, meet Dave Persad, Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to India.

Persad submitted his letter of resignation on Monday to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, which becomes effective on July 31 or before.

Persad was appointed High Commissioner to India two years ago with accreditation to several other countries. Persad had previously raised several matters in a report to Rowley, about financial accountability at the High Commission.

He was also surprised that the Head of Chancery at the Commission, Stacy Hinds, left for Sri Lanka last week, without informing him. Hinds was previously Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs in Port-of-Spain.

In his letter dated July 2, Persad stated that his decision was taken after serious concerns were not acknowledged or addressed.

The concerns, he said, were raised in a letter and emailed to Rowley in May and June.

The letter read: “Further to my letter dated 30 May, 2018 and my recent email of the 11 June, 2018 and the fact that my serious concerns have not been acknowledged, must less addressed, it is my respectful view that no useful purpose will be served with me continuing as the Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner for India and other accredited countries.”

Persad stated that it was with deep regret and disappointment that he tender his resignation effective July 31, or sooner.

He thanked Rowley and Government for having afforded him the privilege to serve his country.

Persad was appointed Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to the Republic of India, resident in new Delhi, with responsibility for overseeing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia.

Persad’s appointment was made on July 22, 2016 by then President Anthony Carmona.

Persad is an attorney and was former chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation under the People’s Partnership Government. But then he campaigned for the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the 2015 general election, and was later rewarded with the diplomatic posting to India.

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