Category Archives: Civil Service
Thursday evening President Maumoon would meet the 1700 odd members of the former Maldivian Government Service, whose services were discontinued from 1 May 2008. They were refused a place in the in the newfound Civil Service of the Maldives, sighting a legal requirement to severe all service contracts with those above the age of 65 years.
The President did make a last ditch effort to revise the law before its lawful implementation date, by introducing amendments that would suspend the retirement clause for those in government service for upto two years. His amendments were thrown out of parliament by a majority DRP house with 50 parliamentarians of whom 8 were presidential appointees.
Having failed to convince his party colleagues including his own appointees of the need for a more humane approach to introducing a retirement age for the first time, in Maldives; the President has sought to meet with all the retirees personally at a forum of sorts, like never before.
I believe we will see at this function, that the President does not run out of options; and that parliament sanction is not a matter of caution to the President. I have a very strong gut feeling that he will exercise a new form of authority; not a presidential decree but exercise his right of Presidential Options.
What are the Presidential Options for Thursday night?
The first Presidential Option would be to require the Civil Service Commission to contract the outgoing retirees for a period of two years in the positions that they filled before 1st May 2008. The second Option would be to make Presidential Appointments to complement the Civil Service and require the Minister of Finance to pay salaries to the appointees. The third Option would be to form a Presidential Service and engage the retirees in community development efforts for a period of two years.
None of the above options can be censured by parliament. It would indeed be a folly or even partial suicide for the opposition to cry foul.
The Maldives Civil Service formally came into being on 1st May 2008, by virtue of the Civil Service Act. There was no fanfare nor grand functions to mark it, as far as I know from any media sources.
Perhaps, this was probably because the commissioners entrusted with onerous task of running a state institution that the the government and the President of Maldives himself believed to be in breach of the constitution.
The Maldives Civil Service born out of the incompetent Maldives Government Service, has nothing new in it accept that it is now headed by an independent commission appointed with the blessing of the parliament, and which was taken to court by the country’s Legal Reform Commissioner on the first day of it’s legal existence.
The Civil Court issued a court order to suspend part of the law, specifically article 73 (b), agreeing with a case against the Civil Service Commission from members of the ruling Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party. The President of Maldives sympathized with them and those who were retired from service by the commission, and vehemently criticized “the inhuman actions” of the commission in the last DRP General Meeting.
Legal Reform Minister Nasheed justified the words and actions of his party colleagues, in his opening remarks of the first Permanent Secretaries Orientation Program, on Sunday. Read his own interpretation of what he said, in his own words, here.
Civil Service has come with such bad taste that the people will wonder, wasn’t it better to have a government service that was better even with corruption, nepotism and other ills that it were accused of.
Read a related article from Minivan here.