The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has confirmed MVR 37,500 in salaries and benefits to the Chief Ombudsperson, through a Parliament vote at Monday’s sitting. 40 members voted in favor of the committee’s review of the issue.
The vote to decide the salaries and benefits for the Chief Ombudsperson, in addition to the salaries and benefits of Ombudspersons, was conducted at the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee meeting held on Monday night. The Committee reviewed two recommendations presented by the Ministry of Finance regarding the salaries of those appointed to positions at The Ombudsperson’s Office.
The first option had been to issue MVR 40,000 as salaries and benefits to the Chief Ombudsperson, and MVR 35,000 as salaries and benefits for those appointed as Ombudspersons at the office. The second recommendation set the salaries and benefits for the Chief Ombudsperson at MVR 37.500 for the Chief Ombudsperson and MVR 33,500 as salaries and benefits for those appointed as Ombudspersons.
In MP Nashiz’s reading of the Public Accounts Committee’s report on the matter, he confirmed that the Committee had unanimously voted in favor of the second recommendation on Monday night.
The Ombudsperson’s Office is an independent legal entity afforded the powers to communicate, file lawsuits and receive court charges in cases of human rights violations by those who hold high-ranking positions in the government and related institutions between 1 January 1953 and 17 November 2018.