Civil ser­vice jobs ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion in fo­cus at Mid-Term bud­get re­view

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Leo­nard Ncube

THE Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Cde Pa­trick Chi­na­masa will this Thurs­day present the 2016 Mid-Term Na­tional Bud­get re­view state­ment which he said will fo­cus on job ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion in the civil ser­vice.

The 2016 $4 bil­lion Na­tional Bud­get pro­jected an eco­nomic growth rate of 2,7 per­cent, driven largely by agri­cul­ture and min­ing sec­tors.

There were de­lays in pre­sent­ing the mid-term bud­get re­view, spark­ing spec­u­la­tion that the Gov­ern­ment had can­celled it.

How­ever, Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa told The Chron­i­cle on Fri­day in Victoria Falls that the de­lay in pre­sent­ing the state­ment had en­abled him, for the first time, to in­clude data for the month of June.

“The Mid-Term Bud­get Re­view state­ment is com­ing, I will de­liver it on Thurs­day Septem­ber 8,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa.

He said the process was de­layed be­cause of other Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ments.

“We de­layed be­cause of com­mit­ments and my un­avail­abil­ity but that helped us in a way be­cause we now have all data for the month of June which is a new thing al­to­gether. All data has been pro­cessed and I will present it on Thurs­day,” he said.

He said the re­view would, among oth­ers things, touch on job ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion.

The Gov­ern­ment last month froze re­cruit­ments and pro­mo­tions in the civil ser­vice as part of a staff ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise fol­low­ing an au­dit by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC).

Re­cently, the PSC abol­ished more than 8 000 posts in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion Devel­op­ment.

This was meant to re­duce the Gov­ern­ment’s wage bill which stands at $200 mil­lion per month.

Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings were be­ing made as a re­sult of the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion process, but he couldn’t be drawn into giv­ing more de­tails say­ing he will tackle that on Thurs­day in the bud­get re­view.

“Cabi­net came up with a ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion strat­egy last year and rat­i­fied the de­ci­sion in June this year. In terms of how much we are sav­ing, yes we have made some sav­ings but I will deal with that in the state­ment,” he said.

e Min­is­ter is also ex­pected to give an up­date on ar­rears to mul­ti­lat­eral fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions with the Gov­ern­ment work­ing on strate­gies to fi­nalise its agree­ment to re­pay $1,8 bil­lion it owes to the World Bank, African Devel­op­ment Bank and the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund.

Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said there was no dead­line for re­pay­ment of the debt as en­gage­ments were a con­tin­u­ous process.— @ncubeleon.

Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa

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