03 February 2010

civil servants...in the middle of no where?

few facts that we could recall before going ahead.....

1. There is an economic problem in our country. Some says an economic down turn. Government and international organisations and opposition also seems to agree on this. (opposition says government spending tell a different story)

2. The Independent bodies are got the "high" salary as they got before the 3 month salary reductions.

3. The Parliament very clearly rejected to cut a single Laari from their salary. (though we today see some of them very sympathetic to civil servants)

4. The salary was reduced for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending if necessary by further observation of the situation on ground.

salary of civil servants; the big topic in every sitting room and every dining room.

What should we really do? CSC says government is so very wrong for not giving "high salary" and the government says CSC is very wrong for asking to pay "high salary".

Now, we see the civil servants been squeezed by both sides. For them its like mom and dad on either side and someone asks.."whom do you love more? Mom?????? or Dad?????"

The question is why did this happen?
We make a government to serve the people, we make independent bodies to serve the people. Yet, unfortunately, we see them hell bent on fighting each other and the poor citizens are caught in the middle of the war. Had the government and CSC negotiated well in advance, than the last two days, maybe a path could have been found. Now that this has become a big problem, the question is what should be done?

I believe, there is a real economic problem in this nation. Yes, I do understand that many political appointees are there. Yet, it is no excuse to believe that there is no problem. Not every student will try to pass just because they got low marks once. Surely the government doesn't need my advice, yet as this is my nation, I think there are few things that we need to do in order to act in the national best interest.

1. The government must stop been a top heavy government. I wonder on average how many appointees come a day.
2. The government must give the salary of this month as announced by CSC.
3. The government must ask for a reduction in salary from next month onwards if necessary.
4. CSC must start giving more cooperation to government but not becoming a puppet.
5. The independent bodies, must reduce their own salary if the civil servants salary is reduced once again.
6. The Parliament should bring the salary to a reasonable amount. (they play hide and seek most of the time and thier salary reaches the sky)

At the end of the day, I think the best decision will be to keep the 3 month low salary as permanent salary level. This could be done only by reducing the salary of all other public paid's as well. If not, there will not be a way out of this anger and disturbance that many people are going through.


  1. here is a better solution
    0. give the civil servants a big salary for the time being..
    1. dissolve the parliament
    2. suspend the constitution
    3. disband all these so called political parties.
    4. register all political parties anew.
    5. announce balloting for a new parliament.
    6. enact constitution after major reforms

  2. first of all i too agree with what civil servents are going through. but we must look into the main reasons why this has happened. i do not believe the problem originated from Nasheed's Administration, but Maumoon Abdul Gayyooms.

    Our civil service is too big and has excessive amount of employees. The government could function with 1/3rd of the amount of current civil servants. The reason behind increasing civil service has been to politically influence them so that the government ensures its incumbency.

    Let me first clear some facts for you.

    * Salary of independent institutions are not given directly by the government, hence the salary is determined by the parliament (Refer Maldivian Constitution @ http://www.maldivesinfo.gov.mv/home/upload/downloads/Compilation.pdf CHAPTER VII)

    * Parliaments salary is also determined by the parliament.

    * 20% of political appointees have been reduced.

    * for civil servents, they have to contribute 7% of salary to pention fund, but the governement is paying it. So lets do the math. Reduced 15% - 7% pention fund (payed by the government) = 8% reduction total.

    * Our national reserve has fallen down due to improper fiscal policies of the former government.

    * Several Taxation bills are pending at the parliament, if passed and becomes a legislation, government can generate enough revenue to reach 7BN USD mark. (parliament is enjoying holidays sadly, the so called representatives of people, what a shame)

    * If we are to pay the full salary by now, only way is printing money which will de-value maldivian currency and cause dollar rate to rise. If dollar rate rises, then product price will increase and will result inflation. So the increment would have no real sweetness.

    * Several loans and embazzelment cases of former government officials are still pending and have no idea when jusridiction can be made.



  3. 20 percent political appointees reduced. some amount of civil servants also have been reduced. what ever the amount reduced from both sides, there are still questions without answers. Is the amount of political appointees absolutely necessary for the function of the government right now?. Why no salary deduction for some people?

    I think most of us agree that there is a problem here and that the problem needs to be solved too.

    But the method applied to solve the problem have created a serious new problem. That tells us a lot.


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