GIS – 31 December 2015: The Public Officers’ Welfare Council (POWC), under the aegis of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, organised its annual workshop with presidents of Staff Welfare Associations along with a prize-giving ceremony for essay and scrabble competitions and its annual get-together on 29 December 2015 at the Civil Service House, Gymkhana, Vacoas.
Present at the function, the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Alain Wong, stated that the Council has undoubtedly achieved maturity over the years. Since its inception, the Council has come forward with innovative and diversifying activities with a view to rope in maximum public officers and their families, he added.
According to him, the vision of Government is 'Achieving meaningful change' and the onus of its success lies largely on the Public Service. Government is fully conscious of the potential within the civil service and hence, our ultimate vision is to create a smarter Civil Service and a community of motivated public officers who take initiatives to bring changes for the best of everyone, he further added.
As part of promoting a vibrant and dynamic Civil Service, measures are in place to promote a standard of quality work life balance capable of creating and sustaining a strong, healthy and committed Civil Service, the Minister underlined.
In this context, the Ministry is implementing, on a pilot basis, a flexible hours of attendance system to allow Public Officers to reach office at their preferred time schedule, he said, adding that this will not only allow services offered by Government to be available for a longer period, but at the same time addressing the problem of traffic congestion to a certain extent.
Furthermore, Mr Wong announced that the setting up of a gym at the Ministry is in the pipeline to allow officers to exercise before or after working hours. Other projects include a canteen where balanced diets would be available at low cost and the introduction of a Medical Insurance Scheme for pubic officers to allow them to have access to health services of their choice.
On the same occasion, the Minister launched the POWC’s official magazine which highlights all the activities covered during the year 2015.
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