GIS: 21 May, 2013: The Errors, Omissions and Anomalies Report 2013, which follows the PRB report 2013, released in October 2012, was approved by Government and released yesterday by the Prime Minister Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam.
The report covers around 84 000 employees and 25 000 public service pensioners and will cost the Government an additional Rs 1 billion for its implementation which combined with the Pay Research Bureau (PRB) report 2013 will amount to a total of Rs 5.6 billion.
Releasing the document, Dr Ramgoolam emphasised that in spite of the difficult economic situation, Government has agreed to the implementation of the recommendations, with effect as from 1 January 2013. He pointed out that the report has addressed the issue of main concern to the employees relating to the marked difference between the salaries of the top earners and the low earners in the civil service, restoring the ratio between the top earners and the low earners from 1 to 8.6 as at July 2008 to 1 to 7.5 at date.
Regarding the annual salary compensation, the PM added that Government stands ready to pay public officers in case the inflation rate is above 5 percent in January 2014. Dr Ramgoolam also underpinned the objective of his Government to make the Civil Service more modern, effective and efficient.
A salient feature of the Errors, Omissions and Anomalies Report 2013 pertains to the salary scale of a General Worker which has been revised from Rs 7 496 to Rs 11 399 to Rs 9 000 up to Rs 15 175, that is an increase of 20% for the initial and 33% for the top salaries. The long standing problem of salaries of the teaching staff in Primary and Secondary schools has also been addressed in addition to a number of issues in the health sector, more particularly that of the Nursing cadre.
The most fundamental recommendations in the report are the re-engineering of the public sector in line with the Government programme for both Mauritius and Rodrigues on the theme A New Road Map for a Modern and World Class Public Sector.
It will be recalled that the Committee to look into errors, omissions and alleged anomalies arising out of the 2013 PRB Report, under the Chairmanship of Mr Dharam Dev Manraj, Senior Adviser, Project Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, was set up following a meeting that the Prime Minister had with representatives of Trade Unions on 26 October 2012 after the publication of the PRB Report 2013.
The Committee has dealt with some 1 293 memoranda containing some 3 933 representations and focused its report on improving the pay packet of employees at the lower echelon; reducing salary ratio of the General worker to Permanent Secretary; attracting and retaining the best brains in the public sector; and improving service delivery.
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