The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has published the compliance audit report of the Islamic Ministry, the first report of its kind that has been completed by the independent commission.
The compliance audit report found that staff at the Islamic Ministry had been referred to with disparaging terms that could be considered as a form of injury or harm under the civil service regulation while some senior officials used inappropriate language against civil servants.
The report also noted the absence of clear procedures to help civil servants understand their duties at the ministry. Moreover, the report observed that there was no procedure to follow for reporting a civil servant if he or she had violated a law or regulation.
“Security officers and laborers have sometimes been used for employees’ personal work,” the report stated. “Employees have been misusing the internet as internet usage has not been regulated.”
Administrative policy of the ministry meanwhile did not adhere to civil service regulations, the report noted.
“All the required information that has to be in the salary slip is not included in the slip that staff receive,” the report read. “Staff have not been informed about overtime work procedure and employees working overtime have been paid the same amount that they are paid when they work on official days.”
The compliance report also found that allowances had been given to some employees without prior authorisation from the CSC.
“Staff have been shifted from one section to another not in accordance to the CSC regulations, while some staff have started work without signing the employment agreement,” it read. “Staff are not provided with all the amenities that civil servants should receive.”
It also noted that staff had been assigned work continuously for eight days without a break of 24 hours, and male employees were not attired in accordance with the civil service dress code.