PS of tourism ministry on paid suspension

Tourism Ministry's Permanent Secretary Aishath Susan Haneef (C) with then-Tourism Minister Ali Waheed. Photo: Tourism Ministry

Male’, Maldives – Civil Service Commission (CSC) has put Permanent Secretary of the Tourism Ministry of Maldives, Aishath Susan Haneef on a paid suspension, on Thursday.

CSC revealed that Susan was placed on the suspension following complaints filed against her to the commission, as well as to further investigate the findings of a special audit conducted by the commission on the Ministry.

Susan’s suspension begins on Thursday and will go on for thirty days, during which she will be paid.

Local media, “Sun” reported complaints against Susan were filed to CSC, via a letter in which 26 out of the 36 employees working at the Tourism Ministry signed. The letter highlighted multiple complaints against Susan, including her lack of knowledge in the industry, as well as her failure to fulfill her responsibilities.

“Once year since she took over, the PS remains unaware of the Ministry’s work and CSC regulations and guidelines. We note that due to lack of awareness of the work of employee, the PS failed to evaluate the performance of employees when filling the performance appraisal forms.” The letter by the employees read.

The letter also highlighted instances discrimination, delegation of work outside of the job description of employees, as well as creating strife among employees within the Ministry.

Further, Susan is accused of “gross negligence” in matters pertaining to the rights of employees, taking into regard that Susan has allegedly overworked employees in violation of regulations, denied leave and failure to provide necessary assistance.

Susan was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry on 27th July, 2019.