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Young announces independent investigation into Paria tragedy

Kur­ban said that while divers were ready to en­ter the wa­ter, they were stopped by calls for per­mits and a su­per­vi­sor shift change

Young too hint­ed at some red-tape at Paria which cre­at­ed a com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap be­tween the com­pa­ny and the fam­i­lies of the miss­ing divers

Renu­ka Singh

En­er­gy Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has ad­mit­ted that Paria Fu­el Trad­ing Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed failed to com­mu­ni­cate prop­er­ly with both the fam­i­lies of the lost divers and the rest of the pop­u­la­tion

Young host­ed a vir­tu­al press brief­ing yes­ter­day and said that while he di­rect­ed Paria to “com­mu­ni­cate” with both groups, that did not hap­pen

He an­nounced that the Gov­ern­ment is putting to­geth­er an ex­pert pan­el to in­de­pen­dent­ly in­ves­ti­gate what hap­pened on that day

“I had di­rect­ed and asked that there be com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the fam­i­lies and al­so the pop­u­la­tion be­cause the pop­u­la­tion was con­cerned as soon as they be­came aware of this in­ci­dent,” Young said

The State-owned com­pa­ny faced se­vere crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia for its treat­ment of the griev­ing fam­i­lies, many of whom were left sit­ting un­der an open-air bus shed while wait­ing for up­dates over the week­end.

“I am go­ing to ask that Paria, please make the nec­es­sary arrange­ments to bring what­ev­er lev­el of com­fort can be brought to these fam­i­ly mem­bers as they go through this very dev­as­tat­ing and trag­ic time in their lives wait­ing on the re­cov­ery of their loved ones,” Young said

Dur­ing Paria’s news con­fer­ence on Sun­day night to an­nounce that the search and res­cue op­er­a­tions end­ed and the com­pa­ny was now de­vis­ing a plan to re­trieve the bod­ies, fam­i­ly mem­bers learned of the up­date along with the rest of the coun­try through the me­dia

“It is ap­par­ent that, un­for­tu­nate­ly, on the com­mu­ni­ca­tions side, it did not go as it should have,” Young said yes­ter­day

On Sun­day night div­er Michael Kur­ban, who res­cued the lone sur­vivor Christo­pher Boodram, spoke of the bu­reau­cra­cy and rigid red tape that stymied the process of dive and res­cue.

Kur­ban said that while divers were ready to en­ter the wa­ter, they were stopped by calls for per­mits and a su­per­vi­sor shift change

Young too hint­ed at some red-tape at Paria which cre­at­ed a com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap be­tween the com­pa­ny and the fam­i­lies of the miss­ing divers