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Parliament committee launches probe into "political" CSC

Fathmath Shaahunaz
31 October 2019, MVT 16:00
Speaker of Parliament and former president, Mohamed Nasheed, meets members of Civil Service Commission. PHOTO/MAJILIS
Fathmath Shaahunaz
31 October 2019, MVT 16:00

The parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions launched investigations into four members of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), over allegations of politically motivated dismissals of civil servants during the previous administration.

The Committee on Independent Institutions formed a subcommittee for the probe after some civil servants filed complaints, in which they claimed that while some civil servants were laid off unfairly, the previous government also forced employees to promote certain political ideologies in violation of the Maldivian Civil Service Act. The complaints raised concerns that the authorities had not taken any action at the time.

The four CSC members under investigation are the commission's President Dr Ali Shameem, Vice President Shaheed Mohamed, and members Ibrahim Shaheeg and Zakariyya Hussain.

The chair of the parliamentary subcommittee, Villimale MP Ahmed Usham, disclosed on Thursday that they received over 90 claims of civil servants being laid off unlawfully without prior notice for political reasons.

"Upon examining the complaints, the committee noted that members [of CSC] had somewhat neglected their mandates", Usham said, stating that the subcommittee has decided to proceed with the probe.

CSC was among a number of independent institutions that came under fire during the previous administration, amidst harsh censure of being politically influenced by the government. There were accusations of employees being coerced to attend the political rallies of then-ruling Progressive Party of Maldives, and that CSC did not take any action despite politically motivated termination of civil servants.

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