Uganda Debt Network Presents copies of the Abridged Standing Orders to MoPS
The Uganda Debt Network on Wednesday 11th January 2017 handed over hundreds of copies of abridged versions of the Standing Orders to Ministry of Public Service. Standing Orders is a signature policy document that the government uses in the guidance of Human Resource Management.
While receiving the copies at the Ministry Headquarters in Wandegeya, the Permanent Secretary observed that there were people in specialized areas of work who did not know that they were supposed to have protective gear. “Some people do not even know that they are supposed to have their confirmation letters even when they are retiring. You find someone has retired but they do not have the requisite documents which leads to delays in pension processing,” she said.
She noted that with rights come roles and responsibilities and that some public officers make mistakes because they are ignorant of the standing orders. Many of the complaints received at the Ministry are either misinterpretation or lack of information on the rights of civil servants and the government’s obligations. This is so because information never trickles down to the grassroots. Many a times, officers lose relatives or friends and simply proceed for burial without seeking permission for compassionate leave leading to trouble and disciplinary actions against them.
The PS suggested that the copies of the abridged standing orders would be given to the Public Servants in the Local Governments where there is 60% of the entire workforce in the government of Uganda.
Mr. Gaamuwa Edward the Vice Chairman of the Uganda Debt Network Board said that it was important for Ugandans to know information contained in important documents such as the Standing Orders.
The first Standing Orders was written in the 1950s, revised in the 1950s, 1960s, 2008 and 2010. “As we speak, the standing orders are again due for revision,” the Permanent Secretary said. She explained that they keep changing due to the nature of the Public Service.