GIS - 19 August, 2014: The Petit Verger prison in Pointe aux Sables has bagged the Public Service Excellence Award (PSEA) 2013. Out of the forty public service bodies which participated in the seventh edition of the competition, the Petit Verger prison has excelled in all criteria.
At the Awards ceremony held on August 14 at the InterContinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava, 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: the Sir Abdool Razack State Secondary School for innovation and improvement; the Gastro intestinal endoscopy unit, SSRN Hospital for being customer focused, the Forensic Science Laboratory for its effectiveness and efficiency, and the National Coast Guard for leadership and team spirit.
The Modern social welfare resource centre, the Hemodialysis centre Flacq Hospital, the Entomology Division and the Assay Office received special mention awards with regard to delivering timely, cost-effective and quality service to the public. The special jury award went to the Registrar General Department and the National Archives Department respectively.
The theme for the 2013 edition was: Maurice Ile Durable-Adoption of modernised methods for a green Civil Service. The idea is to encourage departments and organisations to take the initiative to review their business processes while contributing effectively towards sustainable development.
In his address at the awards ceremony Minister Moutia outlined the rationale of the PSEA which according to him, gives formal recognition to departments and organisations which have taken the initiative to review their business processes to innovate and provide for citizen engagement while effectively fulfilling their daily responsibilities.
Minister Moutia also called upon the heads of Ministries/Departments/Organisations to make it mandatory for at least one entity from their respective ministries to participate in the PSEA so as to promote the engagement of Government to have a modern and Sustainable Civil Service. The PSEA sets the benchmark for excellence across different areas of service delivery by public service organisations, he added.
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.
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