Public service, ‘monster’ consuming more

About K4.5 billion is budgeted to pay for public servants annually which is about 35% of the total budget.

Chief Secretary to the Government Isaac Lupari when speaking at the 2017 Leaders’ Summit on Monday said this amount is too much and will be looking into the public service to decrease the amount.

He said the Government will be implementing the public service reform to downsize the number of public service recruitment.

“We do not need duplications of job in the public services.

“This is the biggest monster that is eating away the budget of the country,” he said.

About 200,000 public servants are currently employed which is about 2% of the total population.

Lupari added that these figure is too much and need to be trimmed down and make public service accountable and productive in their job.

He reiterated that the other monster that is consuming a lot of funds from the budget is the State Owned Enterprises (SOE).

He said many of the SOEs are struggling every day to provide tangible services to the growth of the nation.

Lupari told the leaders at the summit that these two ‘monsters’ must undergo reforms or else same problems will be encountered.

Freddy Mou