GOVT SPENDS E2.9M ON CONTROVERSIAL’ CIRCULAR
Gover nment, t hr ough Circular Number 2 of 2017, upgraded the salaries of a total of 75 senior government officials within the various ministries and cabinet offices at a cost of E2.9 million.
This is the same circular that resulted in the mass protest by civil servants staged on Tuesday where the over 2000 members of the PublicSector Associtions (PSA) delivered a petition which gave government five-day ultimatum to reverse the salary adjustment citing that it was wrongfully implemented as it was done outside the appeal process.
The circular tilted ‘Establishment circular number 2 of 2017’ which was for corrections of various cadres’ grade overlaps and gaps was issued on August 6 by the ministry of public service and is effective from April 1, which means the officers had to receive back pay.
“Following the new grades dispensation, government has recognised the challenges inherent in a number of posts relativities and has deemed it appropriate to correct the issuance of this circular,” reads the circular.
The circular has not left out those who had left the service after the effective date of the circular as they were to be paid up to the last day of service.
“Officers who leave the service after the effective date of this establishment circular prior to receiving the prescribe salary adjustment shall on application be paid up to the last day of their service,” reads part of the circular.
Among the list are 13 ambassadors or high commissioners’ posts which are the highest paid in the list as they moved from grade F2 to F3 which is E569 646 annum followed by 27 undersecretaries and four regional secretaries who had been upgraded from F1 to F2. The position of undersecretaries and regional officers (RO) had been re-graded by the ministry of public service from F1 scale which had been cited as an anomaly because it rendered them earning a similar amount as their subordinates or less in some cases.
As of this month the basic salaries of the administration under-secretaries increased from the annual of E462 929 to E550 303 which translate to a monthly basic salary of E38 577 to E45 858 which is an increment E7 281, while that of the under secretaries and schools manager in the ministry of education increases from E35 684 to E43 226. Those of regional officers is expected to increase from E17 690 to E38 067.
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also in the same scale with the undersecretaries. The deputy general transport has been upgraded from D5 to F1 together with the new post of a hospital chief.
The least paid in the list is the marching on the street
senior accountant which is an upgrade from accountant in the Cabinet office who had moved from C5 to E1.
Nine new posts have been created by the circular created of which recently .
five are within the ministry of health while the four are within Cabinet
Among the newly introduced positions in the ministry of health is that of the hospital chief who has been graded on F1 scale.