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Too many irrelevant tasks: Ko

Too many irrelevant tasks: Ko

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government is not struggling with too many employees and too little to do, but with too many useless tasks to perform, Mayor Ko Wen-je reportedly said Saturday.
After a hard-fought election campaign last year, the outspoken surgeon was sworn in last December with a full reform agenda, including making the city government more transparent and accountable to the public.
Critics recently said that the capital’s 5,522 members of staff were too much, and they hardly had anything to do most of the time.
Ko rejected the accusation Saturday, saying that instead it was staff who were forced to perform too many tasks to fill up their time.
The mayor said the matter was not excessive staff, but excessive and unnecessary work. He told reporters that he had discussed the issue with the city’s personnel department several times, and that his government was now drawing up a slimming program for the administration.
Ko cited the example of the process that official documents had to go through before they could take effect. Some documents needed stamps from 30 officials, but Ko said he did not believe there were really so many people who had read the contents. Within the next half year, the city would reconsider tasks such as these and see which ones could be done away with.
If it was still necessary, the slimming down of staff levels could also be considered, the mayor told reporters Saturday.


Updated : 2021-09-20 05:12 GMT+08:00