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Taiwan: Minister denies that civil service reform plan suspended

Taiwan: Minister denies that civil service reform plan suspended

Civil Service Minister Chang Che-chen today denied a report that the ministry had suspended a civil service reform proposal for political gain, saying that the plan was still pending before the Legislative Yuan.

"It was a completely misleading story," Chang said in response to reporters' questions at the Legislature.

A local newspaper reported last week that eight agencies under the Executive Yuan and Examination Yuan conducted their year-end evaluations of staff members in 2009 based on the proposed system, under which civil servants are given an "A, " "B, " "C" or "D" grade and at least 1 percent receive a "C" or worse.

But the Examination Yuan had yet to announce if it would use the same evaluation system this year to avoid driving away votes for the ruling Kuomintang in the Nov. 27 mayoral elections in five special municipalities, the report said.

Chang said his ministry -- which is under the Examination Yuan -- was under no obligation to use the system this year because an amendment that would legally require that at least 1 percent of civil servants be given a "C" grade had yet to be enacted by the Legislative Yuan.

The lack of a legal basis for the system could make it difficult to implement, Chang said, but he stressed that his ministry was pushing hard for the amendment's passage.

He also confirmed that the Examination Yuan would again use the "four-grade" system to evaluate its staff but did not say specifically that it would follow the requirement to allot "C" grades to at least 1 percent of its staffers.

After testing the new system last year, the body was hit by complaints from people who questioned how people could be given "C" grades under the quota system that might cost them their jobs without a legal foundation.

The Examination Yuan first proposed a draft amendment to the Civil Servants Evaluation Act in April that required at least 3 percent of an agency's staff to be given a "C" and that employees who received a "C" three times during their career would be laid off or forced into early retirement.

The amendment drew heavy criticism from civil servants, however, a legislative committee agreed in May to revise the amendments and change the 3 percent quota to a more lenient "1 to 3 percent."

Updated : 2021-07-29 21:40 GMT+08:00