The Public Service (Management) Act will closely scrutinise the performance of public servants, according to Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu. He said the Bill was to remove the bureaucratic red-tape and the delays in making appointments of heads of departments, administrators and chief executive officers. He said it would hold them accountable to perform their jobs effectively as the powers were with the Ministers and the Governors to hire and fire the top public servants. The top public servants will have the powers to hire and fire public servants who fail to perform. The creation of district authorities will give powers to the district administrators to hire and fire public servants who do not perform. Under the law, the process of these appointments cannot be disputed in the courts. The Government on Tuesday passed several legislations in their first readings and Parliament is adjourned for two months.
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