GIS - 07 December, 2018: The Public Officers Welfare Council (POWC) organised its annual workshop yesterday at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes, with the objective to take stock of progress achieved during the year 2018 and to chart the POWC Action Plan for the year 2019.
The board members of the POWC, and some 60 representatives from the different Staff Welfare Associations registered with the POWC participated in the workshop. The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Joseph Ramsamy, was also present.
In his address, Mr Ramsamy highlighted that the different activities organised by the POWC are very much appreciated by the public officers. The objective of the workshop, he said, is to come up with ways and means to further improve these activities as well as to come up with new activities.
According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary, the different Staff Welfare Associations have during the years strived to bring the right equilibrium between work and leisure required by public officers for a healthy and balanced life. He expressed optimism that the POWC will continue to explore new avenues in order to bring innovative and diversifying activities so as to rope in a maximum number of public officers in the Council for their own benefit.
He urged all the public officers to brainstorm and share ideas so as to improve the welfare of public officers and eventually make them more dedicated and productive.
The Public Officers’ Welfare Council
The Public Officers’ Welfare Council (POWC) was set up in 1992 to provide for the welfare of public officers. The Act was subsequently amended in 1995 to enable the Council to cater for the welfare of public officers as well as their families.
The Council acts as a platform for civil servants to interact among themselves and their families in a relaxed and friendly environment. Its ultimate objective is to foster a symbiotic relationship between Government, public officers and their families and the public at large. It organises activities in various fields namely sports and keep-fit, recreational and leisure, literary and cultural, information, education and communication, and the Civil Service kermesse.
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