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Presently suspended, Tourism Ministry's Permanent Secretary sends resignation

Mariyam Malsa
10 November 2020, MVT 14:25
Aishath Susan Haneef, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Tourism. PHOTO/TOURISM MINISTRY
Mariyam Malsa
10 November 2020, MVT 14:25

It has come to light recently that, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Aishath Susan Haneef resigned from her position on October 15, while she was placed under suspension.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) suspended Susan for a period of 30 days on September 17 after receiving complaints against the Permanent Secretary and identifying administrative issues in a special audit conducted by the commission.

In a letter addressed to CSC President Mohamed Nasih and sent on September 13, staff from the tourism ministry raised doubts over Susan's capabilities in fulfilling the responsibilities of her position, listing several complaints alleging that Susan:

- Did not work to advance her staff, in her capacity as the permanent secretary, during the past year

- Finalised decisions without discussing with the ministry's HRMD Committee as per policy

- Suspended civil servants employed at the ministry without discussing with the HRMD Committee

- Following orders issued by ministry officials in political posts, although they violated Civil Service regulations

- Neglected to take action against Civil Service policy violations such as unlawful transfer of staff between sections.

CSC has made an announcement, requesting interested applicants to apply for the vacant Permanent Secretary position at the Tourism Ministry before November 19.

Permanent Secretaries receive MVR 20,500 per month as a basic salary, as well as additional allowances of MVR 35,500 and MVR 15,000.