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PSC contradicts  GMOA’s claim



Apropos a front-page news item in The Island of April 11, 2014, under the headline, Delay in Implementing Service Minute, Docs give notice of indefinite strike, the Public service Commission (PSC) has issued the following statement contradicting a claim by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA).


"It is observed that the information contained therein is incorrect.


"The correct information with regard to the approval of the Service Minute is as follows:-


1. Cabinet of Ministers granted the policy approval to the draft Service Minute approved by the Public Service Commission on 31’ October 2013 and sent to the Secretary, Ministry of Health on 04th November 2014, while: including the policy matters approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


2. Cabinet of Ministers directed the Secretary, Ministry of Health to take further action in consultation with the Public Service Commission. The Cabinet decision was taken on 20th February 2014.


3. The Public Service Commission is the authority empowered by law to grant approval for Service Minutes and Schemes of Recruitment.


4. Such Service Minutes are submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for the purpose of obtaining Policy Clearance, as the Cabinet of Ministers is empowered to make policy decisions in respect of the public service.


5. The Secretary, Ministry of Health submitted a draft Service Minute together with letter dated 04th April 2014 to the Public Service Commission. However, the Public Service Commission observed that the draft Service Minute submitted by the Secretary, Ministry of Health, is not the draft Service Minute for which the Policy Clearance has been granted by the Cabinet of Ministers.


6. Therefore, the Public Service Commission informed the Secretary, Ministry of Health to submit the draft Service Minute approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, without any further delay, and the Secretary, Ministry of Health has not yet complied with the directions given by the Public Service Commission.


7. In respect of the Medical Officers in the Public Service, the Public Service Commission is the appointing authority and the Secretary, Ministry of health is the administrative authority to assist the Public Service Commission in respect of appointments and promotions, of the Medical Officers. It is a duty of the administrative authority to take steps to publish Service Minutes approved by the Public Service Commission in the Government Gazette, in Sinhala, Tamil and English.


8. The Public Service Commission observes that the Secretary, Ministry of Health has not taken any meaningful action to publish the Service Minute of the Sri Lanka Medical Service in terms of the Public Administration Circular 06/2006, up to date."


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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