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Political appointees will be dismissed if they are not working: President

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu states political appointees in his administration will be dismissed if they are not carrying out their work, while stressing his administration is not burdened by the number of political appointees in senior posts.

The President, in an exclusive interview to Sun on Friday, said political appointees are appointed to posts in his administration with confidence that they will carry out their work.

He expressed his wishes for all political appointees in his administration to become individuals who are serving the public, day and night. He also expressed his strong distaste for retaining individuals in political posts at high salaries for no purpose or in a questionable manner.

“I will dismiss them from their posts if they are not doing their work. They have been given the chance to work. Each and every one of them will have to fulfill the responsibilities they have been bestowed. If not, I will dismiss them,” he said.

President Muizzu emphasized producing results desired by the people as the goal of this administration.

In this trajectory, he noted that he had worked to produce results for the people during his time as the Housing Ministry and Male’ City Mayor.

“I do not wish to spend one second without feeling like I am fulfilling my responsibilities. Am working for this. By the will of Almighty, I am not tired in these efforts,” he said.

Despite President Muizzu’s remarks regarding not being burdened by the number of political appointees in senior posts; his administration has strongly been criticized for the large number of political appointees prompting huge expenditures on their salaries.

Since assuming office, 91 state ministers have been appointed to the administration at a salary of MVR 35,000 and 163 deputy ministers at a salary of MVR 47,000. Henceforth, MVR 10 million is incurred for salaries every month.

Nevertheless, President Muizzu has assured political appointees will not exceed 700.

Notably, In MDP’s administration, political appointees stood at 976 in 2021. MVR 382.9 million had been allocated for the salaries of political appointees in the state budget for that year.

Source: sun.mv

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Developmental projects of Maldives progressing substantially

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar has affirmed that the developmental projects of the Maldives carried out with the assistance of India have been progressing considerably. The remarks were made by the minister during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CIIs) Annual Business Summit.

Speaking at the summit, Minister Jaishankar stated that some developmental projects were slightly politically influenced, hindering the progress. However, he assured that the progress of the projects have propelled at a notable rate.

Following the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer’s official visit to India at the invitation of Minister Jaishankar, discussions were held highlighting the spectrum of initiatives across the nation has been kickstarted through loans and grants from the Government of India during the previous administration. He emphasised the current government’s commitment to prioritising the resumption and completion of these projects.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the development and prosperity of the Maldives by extending a budgetary support of USD 50 million to be repaid within a term of one year.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Police officers complete training to prevent maritime terrorism acts

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A team of 22 police officers has successfully completed a specialised training programme focused on thwarting maritime terrorism activities.

Entitled “Training on Strengthening Capabilities to Disrupt Maritime Crimes as Related to Terrorist Threats,” the program was conducted through a collaborative effort between the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Running from May 13 to 15, the intensive training equipped participants with essential skills and knowledge crucial for combating threats in maritime environments.

The concluding ceremony, graced by the presence of Chief Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Adnan Anees, Head of Marine Police, along with senior officials from the Marine Police Department, UNODC’s Head of Office Enrico Boninsegna, and course instructor Kenneth Alferdo Pennington, highlighted the significance of such initiatives in enhancing national security.

Addressing the gathering, Adnan underscored the importance of ongoing education and skill development, urging participants to actively apply the knowledge garnered from the program in their professional endeavors.

The training, conducted at Dhoonidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, imparted vital insights into the prevention and detection of maritime terrorism activities, emphasizing protocols for safe navigation in high-risk areas. Furthermore, officers received guidance on investigative procedures essential for effectively addressing such crimes, thereby bolstering the nation’s capabilities in combating maritime threats.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President reverts land act amendment to parliament

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has reverted the Ninth Amendment Bill to the Maldives Land Act to Parliament for further consideration.

This bill, which seeks to establish criteria for recipients of residential land and mandates that land be allocated within three months of the publication of the permanent list of recipients in the gazette, was initially passed during the twenty-second sitting of Parliament’s first session this year and sent to the President’s Office for ratification on May 2.

In returning the bill, President Muizzu invoked Article 91(a) of the Constitution, which grants the President the authority to return legislation to Parliament for reconsideration.

The President’s Office has confirmed this, indicating the need for further review and potential revisions to the proposed amendment.

Source(s): PsmNews

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