Maseru – In relative terms, public sector salaries have been adjusted by six percent.
The Economic and Justice Coordinator for Lesotho Council of Non-governmental Organisations LCN Mr. Sekonyela Mapetja said if the salaries have been adjusted by three percent and tax credit reduced by another three percent, it means that the reduction in tax will be part of a take home pay of the employees.
In his analysis after the budget speech presentation by the Minister of Finance in Maseru, Mr. Mapetja said public servants should also be provided with resources to increase production and balance the wage bill, which he said will continue to rise if the public servants do not have necessary resources to allow them to do the work they have been employed for.
In his budget speech Finance Minister Dr. Moeketsi Majoro said it is hoped that the Public-Sector Modernisation Programme will assist government to control the size of the public sector and hence the growth of the wage bill going forward.
He added that in future, wage adjustments will be governed by the increase in domestic revenues as well as Public Service Performance Management Framework to ensure that increments are linked to service delivery.