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February 13, 2023[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Baghdad / Obelisk: The Iraqi Ministry of Planning conducts a survey on state employees, and gives them job numbers according to an electronic database, in a step to control the real numbers and address the phenomenon of imaginary employees.
The term phantom employees or “alien” are people who give all or half of their salaries to their officials in exchange for their absence from work for long periods in most cases.
The Ministry of Planning formed executive committees to prepare a database for employees.
Since 2021, the Ministry has been working to grant each employee a job number, which is a code, and once entered, all the employee's details are recorded, from the moment he enters the job until he is retired.
A spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, says, “Work on the job number platform is still continuing, and that the number of job numbers that have been granted so far has exceeded 3 million and 300 thousand numbers for all ministries and agencies not associated with a ministry and the governorates, within the platform’s first stage.” That “employees Newly appointed, their data will be entered and job numbers will be given to them, in the next stages of the platform's work.
He explained that "what remains of the work on the platform are a few formations, and there are procedures and continuous work by the Ministry of Planning to complete them."
He explained that "the project aims to know the real and accurate number of the employee, as there is a problem facing the state, represented by the large number of employees. We are talking about millions of employees involved in state departments, and one of the features of the job number is the disclosure of double salaries and fictitious employees."
To date, more than 90% of the job numbers of state employees have been covered.
However, reports stated that the draft job number in the departments and institutions of the Iraqi state is still a dead letter and has not seen reality, while opinions attribute this to a deliberate disruption by state officials who may be affected by its activation.
The Parliamentary Legal Committee attributes the failure to activate the job number to the presence of parties benefiting from the aliens, who do not wish to activate the project.
Raed al-Maliki, a member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, says that parties that benefit from the survival of aliens do not want to activate the job number that limits double salaries and the phenomenon of imaginary alien employees, and the government and parliament must push for its implementation.
Large sectors of the Iraqi state suffer from sluggish functioning, especially the working sector that includes public companies, such as oil, construction, housing, industry, agriculture, and others.
Al-Maliki says that the ministries of electricity and oil suffer from great slackness and disguised unemployment, especially after the process of transferring the families of the martyrs and the politically dismissed, and the matter needs an organization that takes into account the privacy of the sectors, and it is entrusted to the Federal Service Council, which is far from political conflicts.
The project includes a job number for each employee as an electronic code that includes comprehensive details about the employee.
The government started the project more than 5 years ago, but it has been delayed.
According to the Ministry of Planning, the project was supposed to end in late 2021 and start working fully on all state institutions, but some technical and logistical matters and the failure to complete employee data in a number of ministries delayed the launch of the project.
The purpose of the job number project is to draw a clearer picture of the number of employees in the public sector, with more detailed figures on their financial salaries.
Upon its completion, the project will provide an integrated database on state employees, which will contribute to addressing many of the problems that the working body suffers from, including drawing clear paths for financial spending on wages and salaries.
The volume of financial spending in the case of multi-salaries and aliens is estimated at 15 to 18 trillion dinars ($12.5-15 billion) annually.
There are those who receive up to four salaries officially.
Since 2016, the International Monetary Fund has warned that there are about 250,000 people who receive three salaries per month.
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