Improved salaries call for dedication, hard work in return – Msiska
Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, says the improved conditions of service for civil servant call for dedication and hard work in return among workers.
Dr Msiska says govt has in the past two years increased salaries for civil servant to ensure that all workers earn decent salaries to meet their needs.
He noted that the civil service has now become more attractive because of the better conditions of service offered by the new govt, saying people in the private sector have begun to admire joining the civil service.
Speaking when he address heads of departments in Mansa and Samfya districts yesterday, Dr Msiska said govt has made reforms to the civil service to make it more efficient and to reduce the cost of running government.
He named the removal of transport pick-ups and the removal of administrative allowances which will be effected in September, this year, as some of the measures it has taken as a cost-saving measure.
He noted that the removal of transport pick-ups and introduction of transport allowance has benefited all civil servants and empowered them to buy their own vehicles.
He disclosed that the transport pick-ups only benefitted about 16,000 workers out of the over 126, 000 civil servants.
The Chief Civil Servant called for reflection among civil servants to see what each one has contributed as the country turns 50 next year.
Dr Msiska said the new govt has restored the dignity of its workers, adding that it was now time for workers to pay back by ensuring that they perform better and be innovative in their discharge of duties.
He said govt will continue making the civil service better by introducing reforms such as the social health insurance scheme, which he said would soon be effected, and many others.
He also took time to respond to questions from the heads of departments.
Meanwhile, Dr Msiska becomes the first Secretary to the Cabinet to visit Samfya and the newly created Lunga districts which is located on the wetlands of Lake Bangweuru.
Dr Msiska yesterday visited the hard-to-reach Lunga District and called on chief Kasomalunga who expressed gratitude to receive the chief civil servant.
The traditional leader assured Dr Msiska of his support to ensuring that the area receives development.
He was happy with the government’s development agenda for the new district which he said was never considered by the past administrations.
Dr Msiska later visited a clinic which only has one male officer manning the centre.
He advised the clinical officer to identify some villagers who could be trained as traditional birth attendants as the district waits for trained staff to be sent by govt.
He earlier toured the Mpanta mini solar power plant which supplies electricity to a sizeable community.
He suggested that the project be replicated to new districts, such as Lunga, which are not connected to the national grid.
Dr Msiska is in luapula Province on a familiarisation tour and to check on government projects.