[08/January/2005] Civil Service Minister revealed that arrangements have come to the final touches for carrying out the system of the photo and fingerprint in the framework of the administrative reform program the government has been embarking on.
He confirmed that those who have dual jobs and did not submit affidavits about their jobs duality might be degraded from the jobs they have been holding.
Mr. Hamoud Khaled Al Sofi, in his speech to Saba News Agency, stated that coordination is in full swing among state’s sectors of the military, civil, security and the pensions and insurance funds in order to have this system come into force. The system is an integrated network was devised to be able to find out all the dual jobs employees.
Al Sofi highly appraised the employees who confessed their job duality for being so cooperative and reassured them that they had taken the right decisions. They were up to (5000). He said.
Of course, this is a very humble figure in the light of the information and indicators we have. There is a large number of those who have got dual jobs. He added.
If we have to assess the size of performance made in the course of administrative reforms, we should go back to the situation in 1998 - pre the reform programs. It is well known that the situation was so miserable that the government was neither able to do something nor to keep on watching. Al Sofi said.
We had managed to make great strides. Around (34,000) employees had been pensioned. This measure had saved some (15 billion) YR. Nearly (7286) of the national employees replaced the Arab cadres in the educational sector.
Consequently, up to( 3 billion) YR were saved, nevertheless the jobs opportunities which created as a results . An approximately (10,000) dual jobs employees were dismissed. Saving annually more than (2billion) YR .
Furthermore, a process of the occupational adjustments touched (600,0000) cases - processed automatically, saving more than one billion and 200 million YR.
In addition to the above, around (15431) employees of the surplus manpower were referred to the civil service fund. After addressing this segment’s situations , over (3 billion) YR will be saved annually.
If we have estimated the total cost of processing the manpower under liquidation is due to provide the general budget with some (50 billion) YR.
Mr . Al-Sofi described the republican decree No.(1) for 2004, concerning to granting the occupational card, as a turning point in the administrative system.
He ,thus, announced that preparations are underway for giving the occupational national number ( occupational identity card) including the photo and fingerprint of the employees in state’s administrative system , public and co- public sectors, basing on a unified and up to date computerized central data base.
Al- Sofi added that the aforementioned decree would help upgrading the efficiency of planning, administrating human beings resources, unifying the salaries and wages system, and using the information technology in addition to stamping out the different imbalances in the field of public occupation.
With respect to the restructuring process, Al-Sofi said this issue is in-depth of the administrative reform. It includes a number of administrative units, they are: ministry of civil service and insurance, ministry of health and population, ministry of social affairs and labor, Central Organization of Audit and Control, authority of taxes, authority of customs and the general authority of metrological and aviation.
He stated that second phase of the process had completed and arrangements are on going for launching the third stage of the civil service project which will cover the rest administrative units since we are going to restructure the state's administrative entirely.
Concerning to the measures being adopted by the civil service ministry to administer the employing process, the minister had made it clear that applications for getting the public occupations were processed automatically.
All applicants had received an equal treatment through an objective and transparent mechanism. Thereupon, jobs were distributed last year according to the criteria set out by the civil service ministry and the process ran smoothly, except in the governorates of Ameran and Sada,a where some imbalances took place, however the wrongdoers had been called to accountability and they would be received the deserve punishment.
The problem is that people consider the public occupation is a privilege of every citizen. So everybody thought that he has the right to get a job notwithstanding he is qualified to meet the requirements of the available vacancy.
There’s been misunderstanding on the public occupation. Most people view it as a social insurance or government subsidy must be guaranteed for everyone. This is quite true when the person qualified to the needed requirement. However, the public occupation is an indicator of a genuine need for evolving the administrative system of the state.
It is also an invested opportunity created by the concerned bodies with investement in the public and co-public sectors. Al- Sofi said.
He went on saying we are in the civil service might be blamed for not providing all applicants with the occupations they are looking for.
We , indeed , have done our best, but the fact is that many of jobs seekers have not got the needed specializations. Thereby, it is the time to reconsider our educational plans and institutions so as to make the education’s outputs in a fit with the developments requirements. Said Mr. Al-Sofi. Minister of civil service and insurance.