Govt to finalize civil servant recruitment moratorium

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Boediono said on Thursday the government is expected to finalize the action plan to impose a moratorium on civil servant recruitment next week.

"Next week we will discuss again the concept of the action plan to finalize it," he said at a bureaucratic reform meeting here.

According to the outcome of the meeting, the vice president expressed hope that the action plan could be implemented in two weeks` time.

The action plan is a follow up to the government decree issued on August 24, 2011 to temporarily stop recruiting civil servants. The decree which will be effective from September 2011 to December 31, 2012 is designed to rearrange the entire need for new civil servants.

However, the moratorium is flexible for urgent posts that must be filled. At the previous meeting, the government decided not to apply the moratorium to the recruitment of new medical workers and lecturers.

Meanwhile, the President`s Working Unit for Development Comptroller (UKP4) has outlined an action plan which figures out the government`s concrete steps during the moratorium.

The national bureaucratic reform team led by State Administrative Reform Minister EE Mangindaan will later finalize the concept of action plan proposed by the UKP4 before the concept is brought to a meeting in the following week.

The preliminary draft of the action plan consists of 31 points. One of the points deals with the government`s steps to optimize the results of moratorium as part of the national bureaucratic reform.

Indonesia now has an estimated 4.7 million civil servants, or about 1.98 percent of the country`s population.

In 2011, a total of 107 thousand civil servants would enter retirement age while in 2012 the number of retirees would increase to 114 thousand.  (*)

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