GOVERNMENT has released about K576.6 million for civil servants salaries for the month of September and has placed all civil servants on the Direct-Debit and Credit Clearing (DDAC) system of paying salaries to improve efficiency.
Government has spent a total of K8.6 billion on civil servants salaries since January this year, Ministry of Finance public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta has disclosed.
Mr Kandeta said with the release of the K576.6 million, it was expected that civil servants accounts would be credited within 24 hours in accordance with the service level agreements signed with various commercial banks.
Mr Kandeta said the system was in the spirit of enhancing cash and treasury management reforms being undertaken by Government.
“To ensure that salaries are efficiently paid before the end of every month, all civil servants are on the Direct-Debit and Credit Clearing (DDAC) System It is therefore expected that the released funds will be credited to the accounts of workers within 24 hours,” Mr Kandeta said.
Mr Kandeta said it was not the intention of Government to snap the patience of workers in paying salaries in a timely manner pledging that the treasury would endeavor to pay salaries timely and before the end of every month.
“In line with government’s commitment to the plight of workers, the treasury will endeavor to pay salaries timely and before the end of every single month, we have so far done it successfully and will continue to apply this best practice,” Mr Kandeta said.
And Mr Kandeta also announced that Ministry of Finance’s various institutions had received funding in order to empower Zambian citizens and boost security programs.
He said the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) had received K171 million for purchase of hammer-mills while the Public Service Micro-Finance Company received K30 million for concessional loans to public service workers.
Mr Kandeta said the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development had received K11 million for the youth empowerment program while the Citizen Economic Empowerment (CEEC) program had been given K10 million.
He disclosed that the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) received K4.2 million for the procurement of farming implements.
Mr Kandeta said so far, Government had released K3 billion for various road related programs such as construction of roads and bridges, maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrade, axle load control, and feasibility studies.
“Upon receipt of works certificates from provincial authorities, the Government released K120 million towards the ongoing program of establishment of new districts,” he said.
He explained that ZESCO had been given K352 million for recapitalization while the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) received K25 million for continuous development of the facility in line with Government’s industrialization and diversification strategies.
Mr Kandeta said the Treasury would intensify the issuance of treasury information briefs in order to assist the public in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Government’s developmental programs pragmatically.
Earlier, the United Party for National Development (UPND) claimed it had been bombarded with complaints from civil servants of delayed payment of their salaries saying the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) was making promises it was unable to keep.