Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Civil Service Reforms
Yesterday the Government and the Civil Service Commission jointly announced reforms in the civil service ranging from salary restructuring to changes in working hours. As with any major change the reactions from the people have been mixed. Here is a sampling of some comments I heard.
Abolishing Professional Allowance: This has been a very divisive issue. Those without university degrees widely welcomed the move, citing equal pay for equal work. However others, particularly those with degrees, say the move will discourage graduates from joining government service.
Working Hours: Few people believe the new working hours will benefit either employees or the government. For employees the need to remain in the office till 4 pm will preclude them from doing any part time work in the afternoon. Given the traffic conditions in Male employees will have a tough time returning in one hour after taking lunch at home.
From the government point of view the break in service from 12 Noon to 1 pm would cause inconvenience to the public. Further, employees returning late from lunch would cause further delays to waiting customers.
Financial burden: Employees would definitely welcome the increased pay packet. But people who think beyond self interest have some doubts whether the economic burden can be borne by the ailing economy.