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PARI welcomes the proposed amendments to the Public Service Act (PSA) which seek to (1) devolve administrative powers to the heads of department while retaining strategic powers with the executive authority and to (2) increase the functions of the Director-General in the Presidency to include the functions envisaged by the NDP for an administrative head of the public service. It also welcomes amendments to PAMA in so far as they aim to standardise conditions of service across the public administration with a view to facilitating the creation of a single public service, and the transfer/movement of staff across spheres of government and public entities, after consideration of representations/submissions and based on existing operational needs.

This document presents specific comments related to the amendments proposed.