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President issues decree to boost decentralisation of ministries

posted on 29/10/2006: 666 views

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a decree amending a number of articles of federal law no.21 of 2001, which is related to civil service in the federal government.

Decree no. 2 of 2006 empowers the concerned minister to hire and promote UAE national employees of all ranks who meet all the conditions required by the civil service for such promotion, except undersecretaries and assistant undersecretaries. A minister may also approve his ministry employees' study leave and their application to accompany a family member on medical treatment trips abroad.

In a statement on the new decree, Minister for Government Sector Development, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, said the decree reflects the keenness of the UAE President and H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to improve the performance of the government sector by consolidating decentralisation efforts to enhance financial and administrative independence in federal governments institutions, adding that his ministry was working tirelessly to achieve it objective by developing the country's civil service legislations and drawing up the necessary plans to develop the government sector and improve competence and high-standard performance.

He pointed out that his ministry had taken the initiative to maintain strong contact with all federal ministries to know their views and observations about the civil service Act. He said this was done by organising workshops for specialists in the area of human resources management and personnel affairs, adding that based on the observations of those ministries, the ministry took the decision of making the necessary amendments on the civil service Act in two phases, the first being the taking of a swift measure to achieve decentralisation in the ministries on issues regarding procedures for appointment, promotion and granting of study leave and leave for accompanying family member on medical treatment abroad, a decision which shall now be made by the minister concerned if the beneficiary employee belongs to the salary grade of grade II and above and for a period not exceeding four months, while the undersecretary of the ministry concerned may approve the leave of employees belonging to the salary grade of grade III and below on condition the applicant meets all the laid down conditions.

The second phase, he said, includes making a comprehensive amendment of the law, adding that the Ministry for Government Sector Development will issue a circular to all ministries soon after the law, which takes effect from the date of its issuance, is published in the official gazette. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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