AD concerned at Government interference in public administration
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Arnold Cassola, Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party Chairperson, has expressed the concerns of his party regarding excessive interference by the government in the public administration.
“The government is continuously affirming that it is divesting itself of various powers, but at the same time always finds ways and means of creating a loophole whereby the government could still influence enormously the decisions of independent minded Civil Servants,” concluded Prof. Cassola.
Stephen Cachia, Alternattiva Demokratika spokesperson on Democracy and Civil Rights, added “A case in point is the Public Administration Bill currently being discussed at committee stage in Parliament. The Bill has its positve points but then also includes article 6(1), which states that: Where a Minister is assigned responsibility for any department of Government in terms of article 82 of the Constitution, that Minister shall, in line with article 92 of the Constitution, have the general direction and control of all departments, agencies and government entities that may be placed under his responsibility and may give directions directly to the head of department, Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors or any other employee falling within his responsibilities, on any matter, except matters where the head of department, Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors or other employee is required to act, etc.”
“Alternattiva Demokratika is against such a clause which, if approved, would give near absolute powers to the minister and therefore nullify the positive aspects of such bill,” concluded Stephen Cachia.