PM tells PSC to make professional decisions

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has made a firm call to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to be professional in its decisions.

The call was conveyed recently when he formally acknowledged the contribution of 31 outgoing directors of respective government departments.

Salwai acknowledged that PSC is an independent body with one of its primary role to implement government policies in a fair, just and transparent manner.

“To you Chairman and the Commission, be more professional in your deliverance.””

The head of Government emphasised on transparency, and stressed that PSC, being an independent body and has powers under the constitution must not be “biased in its decision making.”

In his remark, Salwai also touched on the numerous complaints and court cases by civil servants.

“It is hard to understand how the Commission failed in its decisions.

“There are cases where a civil servant is implicated in an incident, faces disciplinary actions, takes the issue to court and ends up winning the case.

“The State Law Office is situated next to your office. I cannot understand why the Government always lose its cases in court.

“The decisions you undertake must be based on legal advice. This is so the Government can avoid unnecessary expenses.”

Responding to the statement, Chairman of Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe said he accepts the criticism from the Prime Minister.

“I accepted what the Prime Minister said, the portfolio of the Public service is under PMO,” he said.

“I must admit that the Commission under my leadership has tried its best to make decisions in the best interest of this nation.

“I agreed that a lot of cases against the commission were listed before the court. History has shown that whenever a civil servant is being disciplined, the concerned civil servant would always seek legal redress in court.”

Mahe said cases involving civil servants were usually brought forward to the commission from their superiors in the respective government departments.

“The Commission depends entirely on the final outcomes of disciplinary cases that are being dealt with within the department levels,” he said.

“It has a lot of agendas to deal with every day, so when the disciplinary cases are not built up properly and taken to the disciplinary board before submitting them to the commission, the commission usually approves disciplinary actions when it is satisfied that the person concerned are faced with allegations of misconduct.

“That is when some of the cases end up in court, and the court rules in favour of the civil servants.”

Mahe said the Commission has devolved some of its powers to the Director Generals and Directors so they can discipline their officers whenever they breach work ethics.

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