Vietnam to lay off 70,500 civil servants

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Thu Feb 8 18:16:50 MST 2001


Thursday
1 February 2001

Vietnam to lay off 70,500 civil servants
HANOI, Vietnam: The Vietnamese government will reduce the number of civil
servants by 5 per cent this year in an effort to make central and local
governments more efficient and reduce salary costs, an official said on
Wednesday.
A total of 70,500 civil servants, or about 5 per cent of the 1.38 million
civil servants, will be laid off this year, the official from the
government's Committee for Personnel and Organisations said.
He said the government has targeted an additional cut of 10 per cent next
year.
The layoffs will be conducted through the streamlining of central and local
government organisations and the privatization of some educational, health
care and sports services, he said.
Currently, about 7 million people receive government salaries, including
1.38 million active civil servants and more than 5 million retirees. (AP)

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