8 November 2012

Zambia: Parley Approves K7.6 Billion PSC Budget Allocation

PARLIAMENT yesterday approved the K7.6 billion budgetary allocation for the Public Service Commission (PSC), with Vice-President Guy Scott expressing appreciation for the various views raised by Members of Parliament (MPs) on the subject.

Dr Scott said this following concerns raised by opposition United Party for National Development Kalomo Central MP, Request Muntanga that the commission required more financial support as it was the engine of ensuring a professional civil service.

Dr Scott said the PSC was critical to pushing forward Government's agenda and that budgetary allocations would be increased during the next Budget.

"What has been expressed by the opposition members will be taken on board and as years continue, the budgetary allocations will be increased to ensure progress in enhancing the performance of the commission," he said.

Mr Muntanga had earlier said that an efficient commission required adequate allocations and proposed that the amount should have been pegged at K12 billion.

He said the commission should ensure that there was order and discipline in the public service and that workers should change the culture of reporting for work late and leaving early.

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