SRC Scraps Crucial Allowances For Civil Servants. A significant step has been taken by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to soon limit the monthly allowances of some governmental officers.
Since it affects civil officials from a range of job categories, the most recent directive from the SRC will have a significant negative impact.
People who work for different Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) will be impacted.
The following allowances will no longer be paid, per the SRC. Among these allowances are
- plenary sitting allowances
- Ministerial allowance
- taxable car allowance
- retreat allowances
- Special committee sitting allowances
- taskforce committee allowances.
As per to the SRC , the listed six allowances above are no longer payable.
After making this declaration, the commission suggested doing away with the plenary sitting allowance for MPs and Members of County Assembly (MCAs), which prompted the members of parliament to threaten to dissolve the SRC in August.
Legislators claim that since they are paid for at least four sittings every week, eliminating these allowances would significantly affect their revenue.
According to a circular released by the SRC in August 2023, public servants who take part in special missions are entitled to retreat allowances.
Consequently, SRC is limited to state employees who draft policy texts outside of the workplace.
The remuneration commission justified its decision to eliminate the allowances, claiming that they were based on the idea that a candidate’s aptitudes are assessed throughout the hiring process.
As a result, SRC said that they will not offer further exemptions that are needless and do not yield a return on government dollars.
The commission further contended that paying institutional internal committee members a sitting allowance on top of their base pay would result in a twofold increase in their remuneration.
SRC Scraps Crucial Allowances For Civil Servants
According to SRC, in this instance, the taskforce formation should be viewed as an internal entity tasked with carrying out the mission of the organization.
The SRC’s significant move comes after President William Ruto ordered the SRC to look into ways to lower the pay of senior state officials in June 2023.
The president said that this will lower the nation’s rising monthly salary bill that employees must pay.