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Government saves K40 million from cutting down

BY THEOPHILES SINGH

The government has saved a total of K40 million kina as a result of shutting down duplicate government offices and including payment of all redundant staff.

Public Service Minister Joe Sungi expressed his satisfaction with the current progress whilst presenting the Annual Management reports for the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) in Parliament.

“This report provides statistical and narrative reporting on the functions performed by the DPM and details of the progress and key achievements in 2021 and 2022 as according to the public service management Act,” he said.

The reports were presented apart from an independent audit which has been carried out by private accounting firm Deloitte on the Public payroll accounts. The report on the audit will be presented to Parliament in a subsequent sitting.

The presentation of the current reports highlights a brief summary of the department’s achievements for 2021 and 2022.

These achievements include implementation of medical and life insurance for public servants and a 3 percent general salary increase in pay.

It also included the several amendments made to the Public Service Management Act (PSMA) which re-established the office of the Chief Secretary among others. The department also launched the Human Resources Development strategic plan 2020 to 2050 and also enforced several training policies for public servants.

Another milestone achievement of amendments to the PSMA included the changing of timeframe for public servants who wish to contest in the General Elections.

Public Servants must now resign 12 months prior to contesting the elections, and will be eligible to return to the public sector after five years through normal selection process.

Mr Sungi however highlighted the challenges and stated that more work needs to be done to achieve the government’s policy objectives.

“Funding has been a major constraint in the implementation of planned activities. Funding for the DPM have not been fully warranted as appropriated under DPM’s budget,” he explained.

“Strategies which have been put in place to reform the public sector are in place and currently ongoing. These are medium to long term strategies and will not be achieved overnight as we progress into the future,” he further added.