Finance minister Ahmed Munawwar declared Wednesday that the state is looking to increase the salaries of civil servants by February.
In an interview given to local news station Channel13, the minister said that discussions took place with Civil Service Commission and a decision has been reached. However, he had not given any details of the increments to be brought about.
This announcement comes after years of complaints from civil servants regarding low pay. Currently, the most basic salary for a civil servant barely reaches MVR 5,000, while degree holders barely earn MVR 10,000.
President Abdulla Yameen had earlier said that salaries of a third of civil servants would increase, with a hike of 37 percent even for the lowest wages. The rest would see an increase by one fourth of their current salary, according to the president.
Yameen had noted that the civil service sector is one of the most neglected sectors in the Maldives, and promised to resolve it and ensure that employees are paid on time.
After years of complaints, a sum of MVR 234 million was included in the annual budget for 2018 in order to increase their remuneration.