VP presents Civil Service Innovation awards

Vice President Mohamed Waheed Deen presented awards to winners of the newly introduced Civil Service Innovation Award at a ceremony on Sunday morning.

Among the recipients was the National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT) for introducing a “transport online system” and a “government e-letter management system” as well as the Islamic Ministry for its online Zakat fund system.

Awards in the Information Technology category were also given to the Ihandhoo School in Laamu Atoll Gan for its “performance appraisal online system” and the education unit for Haa Alif, Haa Dhaal and Shaviyani Atolls for its “office automation initiative.”

The award for cutting costs and economising went to the Centre for Continued Education for its “school-based professional development programme.”

According to the Civil Service Commission (CSC), over 9,000 driving licenses have been issued through the online transport system while the e-letter management system saved an estimated MVR 8.7 million from the 2011 budget.

As the award was the first of its kind, the CSC said it recognised programmes and projects carried out from 2008 to 2011.

Speaking at the function held at the Islamic Centre’s hall, Vice President Deen said that the wage system for civil servants must be revised, calling on all sectors to acknowledge the hard work of civil servants.

Deen commended the CSC for introducing the award in a bid to improve the quality of service provided to the public.