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Civil servants salaries hiked

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The country’s civil servants have all the reasons to smile as government has increased their salaries by an average of 12 percent with effect from October 1, 2020.

According to a circular from Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development Blessings Chilabade to all Principal Secretaries and Heads of Departments, which we have seen, the least paid civil servant will be getting K118,000 a month before deductions such as tax.

Before the hike, the lowest paid civil servants were getting K101,000 while the highest paid civil servant at grade A4 will be getting K3 million before deductions.

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“I am pleased to inform you that government has approved the revision of salaries for employees in the civil service with effect from 1 October 2020. These salaries have been approved after thorough consultations with the Civil Servants Trade Union and the Teachers Union of Malawi,” Chilabade says in the circular.

He further said the incremental date for all civil servants remains December 1.

Chilabade has since advised Controlling Officers that the new salaries be paid from the provision under personal emoluments, adding that where any overexpenditure is likely to be incurred, they should consult the Secretary to Treasury.

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“Where any anomalies, omissions or errors arising from the implementation of this circular become apparent, details should be reported to this office for appropriate action,” Chilabade says, adding that officers who have received orders of dismissal are not entitled to the salary increase.

Civil servants Trade Union Secretary General Madalisto Njolomole expressed satisfaction with the salary increase.

“As civil servants, we are satisfied with the salary increment as that is what we have been fighting for. In June this year, we had negotiations which we are satisfied that it has now materialised,” Njolomole said.

He added that much as the civil servants would have wanted the salary to be slightly on the higher side, they understand the government’s situation during this period of Covid-19 pandemic which has affected the economy of the country.

Finance Minister Felix Mlusu was not immediately available for comment Thursday.

But Treasury Spokesperson, Williams Banda said the financial resources for the salary increase were already factored in the national budget.

Banda said Malawians should not worry that the jump in the civil servants salaries could balloon the national budget which currently stands at about K2.2 trillion.

Speaking when he presented the 2020/21 National Budget, Mlusu said wages and salaries were projected to jump by 13.5 percent to K523.7 billion or 7.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

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