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SCS commends 74 civil servants for meritorious service (With

    The Secretary for the Civil Service (SCS), Mr Joseph WP Wong, today (September 15) presented awards to 74 civil servants for their meritorious achievements. The Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, joined them at a cocktail reception to express his appreciation for the award recipients.

     Mr Wong said at the presentation ceremony: "We have decided this year that recipients of an SCS's Commendation would be granted a travel award, provided that they satisfy the basic eligibility criteria under the Long and Meritorious Service Travel Award Scheme but have never received such a travel award before.

     "This new measure aims at giving deserving officers added recognition under the SCS's Commendation Scheme and motivating civil servants to strive for outstanding performance.

      "Recipients of the SCS's Commendation in 2004, likewise, are also eligible for a travel award this year."

     Extending his warmest congratulations to the awardees from 34 departments, Mr Wong thanked them for their contributions towards the Government, their departments and the community.

     He said: "In addition to receiving commendations, officers who display outstanding performance also stand a good chance of being promoted to higher positions. For example, in the first seven months this year, a total of 1,255 officers in 86 grades, including junior members of staff, have been promoted.

      "Awardees today will therefore continue to have opportunities for career advancement and pay rises in future."

     The administration is committed to upholding high standards of performance and conduct in the civil service. To enhance the performance management and commendation systems, the SCS's Commendation Scheme was introduced early last year.

     Through the award, the SCS will, on behalf of the administration, recognise selected civil servants for consistently outstanding performance.

     This is the second presentation ceremony for the scheme since its introduction.

Ends/Thursday, September 15, 2005
Issued at HKT 17:20


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