Independent, efficient public service in the making – Karu

* Monthly saving of Rs.950,000 by combining PM&R and PR Ministries

* Tamil language courses for army personnel in North


by Zacki Jabbar

Minister of Public Administration Local Government and Democratic Governance Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday that a programme aimed at establishing an independent, efficient and productive public service had been set in motion.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo, he said that the various departments and divisions that came under his Ministry such as the Combined Services, Pensions, Public Management Reconstruction and Public Relations, National Languages and Social Integrity, Internal Administration, Investigations, Enhancement of Establishment Methodologies, Local Government and National Productivity Secretariat had worked with dedication towards accomplishing the 100-day programme of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government.

The process of establishing an independent efficient and productivity public service had been set in motion, he noted, adding that among the pledges implemented or in the process of being implemented were the grant of a Rs.8000 interim allowance to public servants with a further Rs. 2,000 to be paid in June 2015, payment of a Rs. 1,000 allowance to pensioners in April in addition to the Rs. 2,500 that had already been paid, formulation of a Draft Act aimed at increasing the female cadre in public service by at least 25 percent, submission of a Cabinet Memorandum to the Public Service Commission aimed at proper engagement of graduates recruited and preparation of a promotion scheme for them.

The Minister said that a notable achievement was the recruitment of 197 coordinators to the National Language and Social Integrity Division and the conduct of Tamil language programmes for Army personnel in Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Vavuniya over the last few weeks.

Among the other significant steps taken were the preparation of the Combined Services Circular setting out a Common Transfer Policy, preparation of a Code of Ethics for members of Local Government Institutions and the grant of pensions to officers even after their names had been cleared by disciplinary inquiries and the commencement of the "Divi Aruna" programme for re-employment of pensioners, the minister said.

Jayasuriya revealed that by combining the Ministry of Public Management and Reconstruction with the Ministry of Public Relations a sum of Rs. 950,000 spent on a monthly basis to maintain the Public Relations Ministry had been saved.

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