GIS - Jan 07, 2013: The Committee to look into errors, omissions and alleged anomalies arising out of the 2013 Report of the Pay Research Bureau (PRB), held its first meeting with representatives of the Federations of the Public Sector on Friday 04 January at the Cyber Tower in Ebène, under the Chairmanship of Mr Dharam Dev Manraj, Senior Adviser, Project Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Office.
In the course of the meeting, the Chairperson made an overview of the work programme and methodology, the time frame and the guiding principles underscoring the assignment that is being undertaken by the Committee. Various employees’ representatives also gave their views and made valuable suggestions which have been retained by the Committee for the successful execution of the work assigned.
The Committee will be required to submit its report by 28 February 2013 taking into account several broad parameters while considering the submissions. These parameters are mainly: changes in economic environment, economic performance and the need for increased productivity; economic and financial development in the country; capacity of the Government to pay; remuneration trends in the economy and market realities; and other salient factors.
It will be recalled that the Committee has been set up following a meeting that the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, had with representatives of Trade Unions on 26 October 2012 after the publication of the PRB Report 2013 on the Review of Pay and Grading Structures and Conditions of Service in the Public sector (Civil Service, Parastatal and other Statutory Bodies, Local Authorities and Rodrigues Regional Assembly) and the Private Secondary Schools.
The main tasks of the committee are: to receive representations through the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms from staff associations, trade unions, public officers, local government officers, officers of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, officers employed by parastatal and statutory bodies and employees of private secondary schools; examine the representations and make appropriate recommendations thereon; and determine in the light of such representations the extent to which it is appropriate, necessary and advisable to modify the reports of the PRB and to accordingly make other additional recommendations.