JUBA – South Sudan government said on Friday that it has begun preparations to implement plan to increase civil servants’ salaries, according to the country’s information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth.
In recent years, the world’s youngest country has suffered inflation that has resulted in hardship by many of its citizens including the civil servants working in different capacities in the country.
Speaking to reporters following weekly cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday, Makuei said the Council of Ministers in its meeting today reviewed presentation from the country’s minister of labor and public service.
“The Council of Ministers listened to the presentation from the Ministry of Public Services and Human Resource Development on the review of basic salaries structure and allowances,’ Makuei told reporters.
The senior South Sudan government official said the report has four scenarios on the increment of public servants’ salary structures, out of which one will be adopted in the next cabinet ministers meeting.
Government employees, especially the soldiers, police and teachers, received less salary.
A Private in the army receives roughly 1,800 South Sudanese pounds or $6 per month.
It has now become a common occurrence for civil servants in South Sudan to go for 5 to 6 months without salaries despite harsh economic conditions they face.