In an unprecedented move, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced on Monday night that his administration will raise the salaries of all civil servants, beginning in January of next year. The announcement was made during a campaign rally held at B. Thulaadhoo, where President Solih highlighted the commitment of his administration to improve the financial well-being of the country’s workforce.
President Solih revealed that the upcoming state budget for the next year will allocate the necessary funds for implementing the salary increments. The decision will impact a total of 44,208 individuals across various sectors, including military, police, customs, immigration, corrections, the judiciary, and councils. Notably, President Solih expressed his belief that no previous administration had undertaken such an initiative before, showcasing the uniqueness of this decision.
During his speech, President Solih underscored the significance of financial stability in achieving a happy life for citizens. He emphasized the importance of establishing a minimum wage to ensure this stability and cited the previous successful increases in salaries for education and health sector workers. According to President Solih, these changes have already brought tangible benefits to the families of those workers.
Furthermore, President Solih explained that the salary harmonization efforts would culminate with these increments for all civil servants. He projected an average increase of around 40 percent in salaries, which would substantially improve the quality of life for these individuals.
As an example, President Solih mentioned that police constables, currently earning MVR 11,000, would see their salaries rise to MVR 15,400 after the implementation of the salary increase.
In addition to the salary increase, President Solih also addressed his administration’s broader efforts to enhance various aspects of citizens’ lives. He pointed out that significant progress had been made during his current term toward achieving a happy and peaceful life for the people of the Maldives.
President Solih’s announcement has drawn attention for its forward-thinking approach to addressing the well-being of civil servants and ensuring financial stability for citizens. The decision reflects his administration’s commitment to fostering positive change and creating a more prosperous future for the Maldives.