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New ‘Open Merit’ scheme in government ministries

Minister for Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday announced the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection Guideline will be applied to all government ministeries and departments. “The OMRS Guideline has been developed taking into account the provisions of the Constitution and with the assistance of overseas experts. It incorporates internationally recognized standards and best practices. The OMRS […]

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February 9, 2016 9:47 am

Minister for Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday announced the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection Guideline will be applied to all government ministeries and departments.

“The OMRS Guideline has been developed taking into account the provisions of the Constitution and with the assistance of overseas experts.

It incorporates internationally recognized standards and best practices.

The OMRS Guideline advocates fairness, transparency and accountability in Government recruitment, selection and training processes.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said the focus of the guideline was to encourage applications from outside the civil service and fosters open competition.

The focus of this guideline is to recruit the best and brightest people into the civil service and that involves providing a framework that also encourages applications from outside the civil service and fosters open competition for all positions.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum also said the OMRS Guideline has a critical role in Civil Service Reform Program.

The implementation of the OMRS Guideline plays a critical role in the Civil Service Reform Programme as the Government looks to strengthen and modernize human resource capabilities and processes in all Government agencies.

The OMRS Guideline engages training methods to upgrade the skills for those already in the service.

An expression of interest has been called which is open to all civil servants to become core facilitators of this change within their own ministries and involves an intensive six month secondment and training.

The Attorney General added that guidelines issued by the Civil Service Reform Management Unit with the endorsement of the Public Service Commission to ensure consistency and fairness across the board.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said the next initiative will be the finalization of the Training and Disciplinary Guidelines.

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