There’s much celebration in that the President has finally announced a pay rise for civil servants and other government staff. It is very interesting to me that there is much jubilation when there is no substance in that decision.
The raise in government staff salaries will not bring about an ease to the social hardships faced by people at large in the country. In addition, if it was a ploy to attract votes, one must understand that the backlash from such a decision will be more than the gains. The great majority of Maldivians who are employed do not belong to the civil service or the MNDF and the Maldives Police Services.
I would have thought that the President would announce a large scale housing scheme that is affordable to the great majority of the Maldivian people. That would have been a more appropriate intervention to address the pressing hardships faced by the people of this country.
November 10, 2007 at 1:02 pm
how about distributing all forged currency notes to the general public , maybe they can enjoy some wealth , shihab may help the public in this distribution
November 6, 2007 at 2:27 pm
I’m a civil servant but I’m not impressed as I personally feel it would have been better for everybody if there were a decrease in prices rather than increase in salary for a particular group as I know for sure that there will be yet another increase in prices due to this.
November 6, 2007 at 9:33 am
A raise in state employees salary is good for employees, but such raise has to be pegged to their productivity and workload. We have seen an increase of basic food and other items in the recent past and there is a fear of increasing the growing inflation. World oil prices remain very high and its effect on our economy and tourism is profound. So our economy faces some pressing concerns going forward.Affordable housing, education and health care are more important to ease the chronic problems that we face. Since political parties will have to appease voters for the upcoming election, these issues need to be voiced out and poltical parties should be asked to come out with their programmes.