Civil servants who receive a Daily Living Allowance (DSA) while traveling away from their place of duty will no longer receive a meal allowance after the Wage and Remuneration Commission (SRC) advised against it. such payment.

 A meal allowance is currently paid to officers serving in the country but is not required to stay overnight on duty. 

However, this provision has been abused by officials, who earn billions of shillings in meal allowances each year to the DSA – a position that has resulted in double payments. 

In order to prevent people from wasting tax money, the SRC currently recommends that civil servants traveling far from work receive only one of the allowances.

“Therefore, the SRC points out that: meals will only be paid to officers who are on duty in the country but are not required to stay overnight away from their usual place of duty where subsistence is normally required. daily. The meal allowance will not be paid in conjunction with the daily subsistence allowance,” the commission said. 

It comes as CBC has established improved meal allowance rates for civil servants to limit the need for double payments while on out-of-office duties. 

At the new rate, civil servants will be paid between SH300 and Sh1,500 in breakfast allowance, depending on their work group. The payment for lunch and/or dinner is set between Sh600 and Sh3000 depending on the job classification. 

“This Circular annuls and replaces Circular Ref. No: MSPS/18/2A/(89) November 12, 2009 on Meal Benefit Payments and any other circular/directives previously issued to the Public Service in this regard,” CBC said.  

The new meal allowance rate card is an improvement over the current provisions, for example civil servants in the P-R work group, receive Sh 750 for breakfast and Sh 1,500 for meals.  

The SRC is currently restructuring public servants benefits with the aim of saving up to 100 billion shillings per year by consolidating certain payments or eliminating repetitive payments. 

The committee has recommended abolishing retirement benefits, sitting allowances for members of the organization’s internal committees, workgroup allowances and non-practicing allowances, arguing that they should pay double. 

The CBC’s ruling comes five months after committee chair Lyn Mengich said a review of the welfare policy would be ready by the end of the year, paving the way for benefits cuts for lucrative and frugal civil servants. save taxpayers money. Currently, more than 247 remuneration and facilitation allowances are paid in the civil service, compared with 31 in 1999, which reduces the national bill burden by double payments. In addition to reducing allowances, the SRC aims to limit allowances to a maximum of 40% of a civil servant’s gross salary. 

Retirement benefits are currently paid to public officials specifically tasked with reviewing, developing and producing policy documents when they are no longer in office. 

However, the SRC argues that reviewing, developing and producing policy documents is a professional responsibility to be taken into account when determining the relative value of work during the job evaluation process. servant. 

“The payment of such allowance in addition to the basic salary is to be entitled to double. The CBC therefore recommends removing the subsidy and stopping the payment,” the commission said in a circular.