Red-tape reduction measures: Lukashenka to comb out state departments

No preferences, privileges and payoffs will be available to civil servants, who will be downsized, Aliaksandr Lukashenka made the statement at the government session on January 11, 2012.

“What kind of additional payoffs are you talking about? Where will you get money for it? Great planning! […] So I want to tell you that no preferences, privileges and payoffs will be available to those, who have to go,” state-owned news agency BelTA quotes the head of state.

At that, the President considers salaries in the public sector to be “inadmissibly low”. He stressed that wages might be raised only in case of staffing optimization.

“First of all, we have to reduce the number of public servants and to normalize functions of the state machine. All that spawns bureaucracy and bars the dynamic development of the country should be cut out. We should be guided by Suvorov’s principle: rely on skills to achieve results instead of number [of workers],” Lukashenka said.

According to him, the authorities are not going to jumpstart the downsizing campaign: a public servant will be informed of the corresponding decision at least six month ahead of their dismissal.

“We are getting rid of those, who don’t do their best while working, we must do it. Those, who do and work well, should remain employed. It is the people serving faithfully to the state and the nation who should be engaged in the state machinery … That’s the point of downsizing rather than drumming people out by one dash of the pen,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka added.


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