Thursday, March 19, 2009

Civil service reshuffle ‘won’t bring reforms'

Civil service reshuffle ‘won’t bring reforms' - 19/03/2009
Sai Comment:
-Pramod Rae is right of the ball on this. What Fiji now has is a fully militarised public service led by ill-equipped puppet military officers. No wonder the key departments of government are being run down due to poor leadership and lack of intellectual foresight, starting from the interim PM, who is only interested in controlling key departments in order to achieve his selfish and illegal coup aims. These officers all know, they would have no show in any of the positions they now hold, in a proper democratic state of government with a neutral and apolitical public service. We all pray they will be booted back to the military camp when democraccy and sanity returns to Fiji and its public service for the benefit of the beloved people of Fiji.
The reshuffle of Fiji’s permanent secretaries will neither bring about efficiency nor public reforms as the interim government believes, says the National Federation Party. NFP general secretary Pramod Rae said the appointment of former navy commander Viliame Naupoto as the permanent secretary to the office of the interim Prime Minister in place of career civil servant Parmesh Chand was a clear indication of the interim regime’s intention “to entrench itself in power for as long as possible”.“For the first time in Fiji’s history of governance, both during parliamentary democracy and rule of interim government after coups, the positions of permanent secretaries to the PM’s office and Finance Minister is being held by military officers,” he said.Rae said with the appointment of Naupoto and the fact that interim PM Voreqe Bainimarama was also holding the position of interim Finance Minister showed that the office of the PM was ‘totally militarized’.He added that, “the reshuffle of the permanent secretaries will be a continuation of the culture of mediocrity that has prevailed in the civil service since December 2006”.In a major reshuffle, Chand will now head the Public Service Commission as its permanent secretary while Taina Tagicakibau will be PS for Public Enterprise and Tourism.Chand will be replaced by Director Immigration Viliame Naupoto while Fiji Development Bank chairman John Prasad takes up the post of acting Finance PS.Finance PS Peceli Vocea has been transferred to Foreign Affairs while Ross Ligairi will become Roving Ambassador.

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