The Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service and Good Governance), George Mkuchika, said yesterday that public servants are transferred to areas with shortage of staff but they leave such areas with little valid excuse.
He was speaking to public servants in Iringa on the need to improve public services and increasing efficiency in their daily duties.
“There has been a tendency of public servants that when they apply for job they agree to work in any part of this country but when employed they begin to choose where to be stationed,” the minister said.
Among areas that public servants tend to lodge requests to leave include Kigoma, Katavi and Kagera regions.
Public servants need to ask themselves if the salaries they receive are similar to what they provide to the public because Tanzanians rely on them to respond to their needs, he declared.
He urged public servants to work in accordance with their work guidelines in the public and national interest, similarly asking the public servants to obey the dressing code at work places.
They must wear appropriately in order to give a good impression to the community they are serving, he stated.
Public servants in the country ought to take note of the dressing code guidelines issued in 2005 and dress according to what is directed, he cautioned.
On his part the Iringa Regional Commissioner Ally Hapi told the minister that his region has decided to support the government's efforts by assessing the performance of its staff with a criterion for evaluating their performance and not by their attendance.
The minister was in Iringa for two day visit to inspect various government projects.