Govt bemoans weakness in record keeping

THE government has conceded weakness in record keeping by some public institutions, maintaining, however that it has all relevant information about public servants.

“The government has full data about all its employees but there is a problem with some HR (Human Resource) departments in our institutions,” Minister of State, President’s Office, Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Service and Good Governance Haroun Ali Suleiman told the House of Representatives here on Thursday.

Responding to a supplementary question by Pandani Representative Professor Omar Fakih Hamad, Minister Haroun reminded HR officers in the public service to increase efficiency in keeping records, especially on employees.

In his question Professor Fakih challenged the government on record keeping, arguing that the July 2022 public servants’ salary adjustments had exposed the government’s flawed database of its employees. He proposed sweeping measures to improve the public employees’ data bank for efficient services.

The minister, responding to the main question by Mtambwe Representative Habib Ali Mohamed, said after the salary adjustments, the government invited and received 45,800 complaints over unfair salary increments.

Minister Haroun said the complainants were given special forms to file their grievances and 28,388 had their information correctly recorded but 17,412 had incorrect information. He said the information verification is continuous, inviting more public servants in the isles to submit their complaints, if any.

The questioner had wanted to know the number of public servants who had filed their complaints.

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