The country’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Denzil Douglas, earlier this week, (on Tuesday 31st January, 2012), issued a stern warning to workers in the public sector, that the time has come for them to provide dedicated and efficient service, if productivity standards are to be raised to required levels, when administering government programmes.
Douglas, who is also Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, pleaded with civil servants who are not executing in their jobs properly, to refrain from that kind of conduct, advising them that a different approach needs to be taken by them, as priority action.
Dr. Douglas was speaking on his weekly radio programme ‘Ask the Prime Minister’ after the concern was raised by a caller.
The Prime Minister said, “What this caller has said, clearly identifies the reason why we have to make sure there is continuing reform of the civil service if we are to cut out the wastage and the high unnecessary expenditure that the government incurs, because of unscrupulous persons, (civil servants), who believe they have a right to earn a wage and a salary without working.”
He continued furiously, “We are demanding that public servants work; that they give the government their 8 hours per day that they are getting paid for; and those who are working a second job, using government time to do a second job and getting full pay from government… that has to come to an end.”
The Prime Minister also said that this is what he meant when he spoke about continuing effort to reform the civil service and to end this foolishness.
“This kind of nonsense has to come to an end and this caller is right! She knows exactly what she is talking about because what she said sadly is so. Too many complaints keep coming into the Office of the Prime Minister, or otherwise, where people are being paid and they are not working. This will have to come to an end,” Dr. Douglas reiterated.
Douglas also stated, that it was just last week Monday when the IMF Executive Board met and sat, and looked at the economy of St. Kitts and , and how it was coping with the new economic programmes that they are monitoring. The Deputy Director who was heading that meeting made remarks and said, “To ensure fiscal sustainability, further reforms will focus on public financial management, the civil service, the social security system and the strengthening of the social safety net.”