GIS - July 09, 2012: Droopnath Ramphul State College bagged the Public Service Excellence Award (PSEA) 2011. Out of the thirty-three public service bodies which participated in the fifth edition of the competition, the Droopnath Ramphul State College which is situated at Calebasses has excelled in all criteria.
At the Awards ceremony held on 6 July 2012 at Le Meridien, Pointe aux Piments the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Sutyadeo Moutia, handed over a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 100 000 to the winning team.
A cash prize of Rs 50 000 each and a trophy were awarded to winners in the four sub-categories: Lady Sushil Ramgoolam Mediclinic for being customer focused, the Companies Division for its effectiveness and efficiency, the Mauritius Prisons Service for leadership and team spirit and the Planning and Reform Unit of the Police Department for innovation and improvement. The Nuclear Medicine Department, the National Coast Guard, and the Energy Services Division received special mention awards with regard to delivering timely, cost- effective and quality service to the public. The special jury prize went to the Police Planning and Reform Unit.
The theme for the 2011 edition was: Achieving Excellence through Modernisation. This concept is considered critical to public service officers who view modernisation as a challenge to drive their teams to achieve set objectives while generating innovative practices to deliver efficiently. The PSEA has now become an annual feature serving as a motivational tool contributing towards improving the level of public service delivery by encouraging organisations to adopt a customer-focused approach, a result-centered strategy which operates within an overall total quality management framework.
In his address at the awards ceremony Minister Moutia outlined that the Civil service recognises achievements adding that that there is no room for complacency.
“We have to continue to work at creating an environment for innovation and learning; to build organisational capabilities and individual competencies to tackle new challenges”, he said.
He enumerated the on-going projects to render the Civil service more efficient namely, the shift to a technology-enabled Human Resource Management System that would provide support for effective human resource planning and a judicious use of human resources and the forthcoming Civil Service College that will sustain the human resource development needs of the whole public sector.
The Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms launched the PSEA in October 2006. The main objective is to recognise excellence and innovation in the development of a quality public service. In addition, the competition motivates officers to adopt ways to meet the daily challenges and promotes a performance-oriented, responsive and accountable public service.