Public Service Minister Westly Nukundi is taking a lead in implementing a National Executive Council Decision of 2017 to take "Control of Government Payroll Expenditure in the Personnel Emoluments Budget".
In NEC decision 71 of 2017, directions were issued for relevant Central Agency Departments to take appropriate actions to control the increase in the Public Service Personnel Emoluments Budget.
"When I was reappointed as Minister for Public Service under the Marape-Davis Government, I made a strong commitment that directions issued by the Government through this decision must be implemented and the intentions of those directives are fully realised"
Since some of those directives under that decision fall under functions in the Public Service Ministry, the Minister has now directed the Department of Personnel Management to determine options for implementing these directives.
"The Department (DPM) has now come up with strategies that can apply to control the Increased Costs in Public Service Personnel Emoluments Budget."
One of those strategies is for the department to conduct Manpower and Organisation Audits in all departments, Provincial Administrations, Public Hospitals and other government institutions.
The Minister has notified first four statutory organisations which will undergo Manpower and Organisation Audits. These include The Department of Works, Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority, National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA)and Hela Provincial Administration. This will be followed by all other government institutions.
This audit will involve physical check on officers registered against positions on the Government Payroll to confirm the existence of theses officers in the organisation.