Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid expressed his dissatisfaction over the functionality of the country’s Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The statement was made during the ceremony held to appoint Aminath Shifana as the new Permanent Secretary (OS) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The position was vacant for a period of 3 months and 12 days before an appointment could be made”, said Minister Shahid. He added that after the Shifana was confirmed as the candidate, it took a total of 42 days to authorise the commencement of her work.
According to Shahid, despite CSC being mandated to act in service of the government, the commission is noted to spend an inordinate amount of time to complete a task.
Referring to the above, the minister went on to state his belief that, the “machinery” should be working with far greater efficiency.
“This [inefficiency] is not how I believe matters should be handled. The Civil Service Commission should serve as an exemplary agency. Civil Service representatives should set an example to other civil servants, “ declared Minister Shahid.
“However, in practise what we observe is tardiness, apparent procrastination and prolonged delays that are difficult to comprehend,” said Shahid, urging the CSC to make a positive change and move forward.
The ceremony was attended by Shahid Mohamed, Vice President of the Civil Service Commission.
The position of Permanent Secretary to the Foreign Ministry was made vacant following the appointment of former position-holder Aminath Abdulla Didi as Consul General of the Maldivian Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, India.
Up to Sunday, newly appointed Foreign Ministry PS Shifana was performing in the capacity of Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services. She also holds previous experience working in at the Auditor General’s Office as well as the Foreign Ministry itself.