New Civil Service Act amendment removes merit and experience precedence!

MP of Addu City, Meedhoo Constituency, Rozaina Adam | Photo: Parliament

Malé, Maldives – Thirteen amendments have been proposed to the Civil Service Act of Maldives by MP of Addu City, Meedhoo Constituency, Rozaina Adam. One of which includes removing Chapter 5 Section (e) of the Act which shows precedence for merit and experience for employees.

Chapter 5 Section (e) of the Civil Services Act:

A person may be employed in the Maldivian Civil Service as prescribed below based on merit and experience.

  1. Whilst employing a person in the Maldivian Civil Service, priority shall be given to those with highest academic results.
  2. Where the academic results of the applicants are the same, priority shall be given to the person with experience from the relevant field and based on the quality of the work.

The above section will be removed from the Civil Service Act if the amendment is passed.

The amendment also increases the maximum age for Civil Service job hires from 55 to 60. If this amendment is implemented only individuals from 18-60 years will be able to get jobs in the Civil Service Sector.

MP Rozaina’s amendment also proposed a structure for disabled individuals to get Civil Service jobs, ensuring that hires are not terrorists or belonging to terrorist organizations and giving power to the Ministers to remove permanent secretaries from Ministries.

The amendment will be implemented once the parliament passes the bill and the President signs off and the bill is gazetted.