Muscat: The Ministry of Labour has issued a ministerial decision on the formation of a Central Council for administrative accountability.
Based on the Civil Service Law promulgated by Royal Decree No. 120/2004 and Royal Decree No. 89/2020 defining the specializations of the Ministry of Labor and approving its organizational structure, and Decree No. 3/2017 The formation of the Central Council for Administrative Accountability, and the determination of the system of work and based on the requirements of the public interest. It has decided to:
The Central Council for Administrative Accountability shall be formed of indigenous members as follows:
1. Undersecretary of Justice and Legal Affairs, Chairman
2. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Human Resources Development
3. Undersecretary of Transport, Communications and Information Technology for Transport
1. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion for Commerce and Industry.
2. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for Vocational Training.
3. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development.
4. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Administrative and Financial Affairs.
Reserve members, any of whom shall replace the chairman of the board, or whoever cannot be present from the original members.
The director of the legal department in the Ministry of Labour shall be the secretary of the council’s secrecy, and he shall take his place when the assistant director or one of the legal researchers in the department is not present.
The sessions of the Central Council for Administrative Accountability are held at the Ministry of Labour headquarter after coordination with Board members. Based on what is presented to them by the secretary of the council, provided that the members are informed of the date of the session and the agenda in sufficient time before the date specified for the date for the meeting.
Members of the Central Council for Administrative Accountability and the Secretary of the Council or his representative shall receive an attendance allowance for each session of the Council that they attend, provided that a decision regarding this allowance is issued by the Minister of Labor after the approval of the Ministry of Finance.
The Secretary of the Central Council for Administrative Accountability shall undertake the following tasks:
1. Receive grievances from decisions of administrative accountability councils and referral decisions to the council and record them in the register prepared for this purpose as soon as they are received and prepare a statement thereof, and it must be recorded in this record the grievance number or the referral decision number and date, the employee's name, his job, his degree and the violation attributed to him.
2. Preparing a file in the name of the employee in which the grievance or referral decision shall be deposited, the minutes of the investigations conducted in the matter of the violation against him, the investigator's memorandum of the results of the investigation, and other documents related to the subject.
3. The file mentioned in Clause (2) shall be presented to the Council Chairman or whoever replaces it, within (3) three days from the date of receiving the grievance, or the referral decision to set a date for consideration of the grievance, or for the accountability session, and in all cases, this date should not exceed (2) Two weeks from the mentioned date.
4. Inform the complaining employee, or who is referred to the Central Council for Administrative Accountability, of the date of hearing his grievance, or the session set for his accountability, as the case may be, to attend the session, provided that this notification includes - with respect to the referrer to the Council - the violation attributed to him.
5. Editing the minutes of the accountability sessions, confirming the measures taken, the investigations that were carried out, and the decisions taken. These minutes must be signed by the attending chairman and members of the council, and the secretary.
6. Inform the employee and the unit in which he works about the council’s decision within (2) two days at most from the date of its issuance, and this unit must implement the decision immediately upon notification of it.
All the reports of the Central Council for Administrative Accountability shall be by official letters. The report is sent to the employee at his work address or his fixed address in his service file if he is suspended or suspended from work.
The referred employee must personally attend the impeachment sessions and express his defense in writing. He may seek the assistance of an attorney and request that witnesses be summoned to hear their statements.If the employee refrains from attending the accountability sessions despite being informed of their date, the Council shall continue the accountability procedures, and the employee’s refusal to attend may not be a reason for the severity of the punishment.
The Central Board for Administrative Accountability must issue its decision expeditiously, and the decision must be in writing and with justification.