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05 Major Drawbacks of Maldives Civil Service


The Maldives Civil Service Commission (CSC) was formed by an Act of Parliament in 2007. The creation of an independent civil service and other reforms introduced by Act of Parliament and the new constitution subscribed to the following major changes:
  • There will be no one service called the Public Service to be administered in one place.
  • The administration of employment service of the government organisations to be removed from the President’s Office.
  • A distinction is made for the first time between Civil Service and Political service.
  • Permanent Secretaries and all the other staff members to deliver government policies are to be appointed by the Civil Service Commission.
  • That there will be no Minister or cabinet secretary responsible or to oversee Maldives Civil Service.
The Civil Service Commission consists of five members appointed by the Parliament; including a Chairman and a Vice Chairman who are also appointed by the Parliament.

The Civil Service Commission with its inception on 23 October 2007, took over the challenging task of establishing a modern professional Civil Service in the Maldives. The challenge is still there as the civil service is still struggling in working as the most important driving force of the government policy and democratic governance in the Maldives.

05 Major Drawbacks of Maldives Civil Service:
  1. Lack of Human Resource Planning
  2. Insufficient Training and Development to meet emerging needs
  3. No proper appraisal mechanism resulting in lack of appropriate Compensation and Benefits for employees
  4. Absence of Trade Unions and Labour Relations
  5. Lack of Data Driven Decision Making

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