Poor Service Delivery Saves Govt $300 Million

Poor Service Delivery Saves Govt $300 Million
Published: 2016 May 20 03:05:42 (1510 Views)
The civil service rationalisation exercise which has seen poor service delivery on the part of the government has started paying dividends as recommendations effected so far are set to cut the Government wage bill by $300 million this year.

Government’s wage bill stands at $190 million monthly, translating to $2,28 billion annually.

Public Service, Labour and Social Services Minister Prisca Mupfumira yesterday said Government planned to cut its annual bill by $435 982 964.

The abolition of all non-critical vacant posts in line Ministries will save $128 699 952 this year while resuscitation of the 7,5 percent pension contributions by civil servants should bring in $142 million.

Measures that have taken effect include the granting of unpaid manpower development leave to 1 473 civil servants (saving $9 969 264 annually), rationalisation of 920 underutilised technical vocational teachers ($6 323 136), redeployment of 340 deputy heads being underutilised ($2 337 504), cessation of payment of allowances to civil servants teaching non-formal education ($1 335 888) and stoppage on funding bridging programmes in 26 tertiary colleges ($161 544).

This has seen a number of schools operating below capacity, with a number of schools now using composite classes to teach.

Mupfumira said outstanding issues included the proposed change in vacation leave policy for teachers which is expected to save $47 million.

She said the reduction of student teacher allowances was waiting Cabinet approval.

The civil service audit recommended that the allowances be slashed from $329 to $157.

- Herald
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