The Ministry of Finance has directed that members of Boards and Councils in the public service must no longer be paid monthly allowances.
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta in a letter chanced upon by Graphic Online has granted approval for the implementation of new sitting allowances for Boards/Council, Boards/Councils Committees, Statutory and other Committees in the Public Service.
The letter addressed to Ministers and all heads of councils and boards also directed the boards and councils of various institutions are requested to apply to the Ministry for the approved rates applicable to their respective institutions.
The new allowances regime segments boards into three categories, with the Chairman and Members of a Category 1 Boards receiving GHC 2,500 and GHC 2,100 respectively as sitting allowances and GHC 1,800 and GHC 1,600 as committee sitting allowances.
For Chairpersons and Members of Category 2 Board or Councils will receive GHC2,100 and GHC 1,800 respectively as board sitting allowances and GHC 1,720 and GHC 1,520 respectively as committee sitting allowances.
Category 3 Chairpersons and Members are now due GHC 1,720 and GHC1,400 respectively as sitting allowances while committee chairpersons and members are now due GHC 1,200 and GH?1,000 respectively.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of a National Committee and his members will receive GHC 900 and GHC 850 respectively as sitting allowances and GHC600 and GHC 550 as respective workshop allowances.
The Chairperson and members of Ministerial Committees are due GHC700 and GHC650 as sitting allowances and GHC 500 and GHC 450 as respective workshop allowances.