Measures identified to control S&T allowance: PM

22 Sep 2015 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 SEP (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says Government has identified measures to be considered to contain the growth in overtime and subsistence and travel (S&T) allowances for public servants.
Addressing the Permanent Secretaries (PSs) of all Ministries/Offices/Agencies (M/O/As) in the capital on Monday, she said some of these measures in this regard already exist under the public service rules.
The Premier explained that some employees think it is their right to travel in order to get S&T, while other employees claim overtime for work that cannot be justified.
“Permanent Secretaries play an important role in ensuring that these items do not continue to take up too much of the M/O/As budgets, as this crowds out investment in infrastructure and service delivery,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila noted that it will require the support of all M/O/As through the PSs as accounting officers to make a success of the implementation of these measures.
On decentralisation, the Prime Minister said there has been no progress in that regard and called on all M/O/As to define their activities that are to be decentralised, and develop an action plan with clear targets for implementation.
All M/O/As are expected to give an account of the progress in implementing their decentralisation action plans and how any observed challenges are being addressed, she said.
The PM said the delegation of functions to regions should, however, go along with decentralising the personnel to deal with the decentralised functions.