Twenty eight new staff members of the Department of Immigration have been urged to perform their duties with honesty and integrity for the benefit of the organisation and the public at large.

While officiating at a recent two- day
induction workshop, the Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister,
Sugar Industry and Immigration and also acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign
Affairs, Mr Yogesh Karan said these were two moral characters that shaped
people to become better in every area of their lives.

“Working in this dynamic organisation
requires you to work with honesty and integrity.  Some of you might be
enticed to engage in corrupt practices and bribery but you should have personal
discipline to be able to carry out your work diligently,” he said.

“Any form of corruption within this
organisation will not be condoned. Don’t be easily swayed and don’t risk your
jobs by engaging in fraudulent activities. 

“If you think of doing such things, you will
one day be caught and dealt with accordingly. I’m urging you all to familiarise
yourselves with the internal policies and laws to better understand your work.

“In addition, update yourselves with what’s
happening around you. Listen and read local and international news and current
affairs as all these news items will broaden your knowledge.”

The workshop is aimed at informing the new
staff of the organisation’s values, direction and expectations, and also to
clarify the duties and work requirements of the new role which will allow them
to better integrate into the workplace.

Mr Karan said the quality of service
provided by the staff members should shape the perception of the customers
towards the organisation.

“The Immigration Department is one of the
most crucial organisations in government and you’re all required to put in
extra efforts into your daily work.  Ensure that you deliver above
expectations and serve your customers well with due diligence,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary also reminded the
staff that they have been appointed to serve the public and not to make profit.

‘Don’t make the same mistakes some officers
in the past have encountered and have faced the full brunt of the law,” he
added.

“The department will soon undergo reforms
and initiatives to further improve our service delivery.

“I believe in you all and I trust your
knowledge and experiences will benefit the organisation.”

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