“These people [Ewan Perrin] have been recruited with certain expectations, that is why we went global to recruit first class people, what we thought were first class people. Sometimes, we find them and sometimes we don’t. This happens in any establishment which is unfortunate. He [Perrin] came with good credentials, we thought he would meet our expectations but there were some gaps and we had to do what we did for the betterment of the country” -
PSC chairman Vishnu Mohan
“30,000 Civil Service jobs to be re-advertised:
Intake on Merit” - Sudhakar
"It won't be like people call and say, it's whom you know kind of situation, if you know the person, you will get recruited, and it's no longer that system. It used to happen that senior civil servants would just appoint their family members, put them in their department and suddenly promote them to senior level - that will stop." - Ashneel 'Mortein' Sudhakar
MERIT APPOINTMENT, WHAT MERIT? None of these lot got jobs on Merit
Thursday, May 12, 2016
THE Government will re-advertise more than 30,000 civil service positions to ensure that all intakes are merit-based.
This is a move by the State to ensure efficiency within the civil service as the restructure of public servants picks momentum.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights, Ashneel Sudhakar, whose committee is overseeing the 2014 annual report of the Public Service Commission, now the Ministry of Civil Service, said those employed in the civil service would need to re-apply for their jobs.
Mr Sudhakar said as part of the re-advertisement of the positions, new positions would be on contractual basis, pressuring civil servants to perform or ship out.
"So what used to be the Fiji Public Service Commission will now become the Ministry for Civil Service and what that means is that we had the old belief that once you enter the civil service, you are there for life, it's a life insurance and whether you perform or not, you just hang in there until you retire then you get your pension," he said.
Mr Sudhakar said those who had been appointed in the civil service on the basis of nepotism had more reason to be concerned.
"It won't be like people call and say, it's whom you know kind of situation, if you know the person, you will get recruited, and it's no longer that system.
"It used to happen that senior civil servants would just appoint their family members, put them in their department and suddenly promote them to senior level - that will stop."
He said the recruitments would be merit based - meaning that if you were the best person for the job, you would get it and then performed at optimal level because the next person who was below you could always overtook if he or she performed better. "It's like the private sector where you cannot be guaranteed of a job that you are there, do whatever you want and nobody will take you out. In the civil service, that is the attitude.
"So when you go to the hospitals, when you go to the Ministry of Finance, you don't want a person who does not know how to serve you. We want the best service to be delivered to the people."
He said as part of the reforms, some civil servants would be offered with options which include:
* Phasing out or retirement;
* Replacement of those appointment without merit and;
* Transfer within ministries
Mr Sudhakar said the time frame of the new changes would take two-three years and advertisements of positions would start soon.
Civil Service Ministry permanent secretary Bernadette Welch, who also presented to the committee yesterday, said for civil servants, their expectations would be embodied in their performance agreement.
Ms Welch said civil servants performance would be monitored through the performance management system and would be subject to review.