PSC on target to contain the cost of Public Service
Ministry of Information
May 30 |17:17 pm
The staff establishment control measures drawn up by the Public Service Commission together with Ministry of Finance in 2010 are showing positive results says the commission chairman Mr Josefa Serulagilagi.
The latest financial update by the Ministry of Finance states there are cost savings of over $22million for the first four months of 2011 for established and government wage earners.
PSC has put control measures such as better linkages between staffing establishment and payroll, freeze on appointment to common cadre positions, curtailment of appointments for new project positions and restrictions on acting and temporary appointments.
There are also stringent controls in use of vehicles and payment of various types of allowances.
Mr Serulagilagi said the commission would continue to pursue its civil service reform programs to right size the Public Service and bring about efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.
The functional review of the Public Service identified measures that could reduce operating costs of the public service.
There are opportunities for outsourcing, amalgamation, mergers and reorganisation.
PSC in 2011 relaxed some control measures such as the lifting of the freeze on appointments for established staff in priority areas and engagement of project officers and wage earners on case by case basis.
However, the commission will continue to vigorously monitor these control measures.
In this regards, the central agencies will work closely to ensure savings and gains made so far are consolidated and sustained.
Mr Serulagilagi said the commission would work on identifying new efficiency measures such as the full utilisation of e-government and higher levels of automation.
Business process re-engineering is another approach to restructure ministries and departments which provides opportunities for Government to reduce the salaries and wages which constitute 41 per cent of total operating expenditure.
Government is not only keen and committed to bringing the size and cost of public service down but also ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services is not compromised in any way.