Up to 30 percent of Vietnam's public servants fail to do their jobs effectively, Lao Dong (Labor) quoted Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as saying on Saturday.
He told a government meeting that current policies don't allow salaries to be based on merit, so incompetent workers are rewarded with the same salaries as excellent workers, who have little chance of pay raises or promotions.
He added that recruitment in the public service sector is still plagued by corruption.
Phuc was speaking Friday at a meeting of the steering committee of a public service policy improvement project implemented since late last year.
However, since then Duc has refused to provide any further information.
Speaking to Tuoi Tre after Hanoi authorities reported their findings, Duc said he did not know "clearly" what the municipal People's Committee mentioned about his allegation in its report, and declined to make any further comment.
"We now have 2.8 million state employees, but in reality, do all of them devote everything to their jobs?" the deputy PM asked.
"Within our system, up to 30 percent of our public servants are not even needed, because every morning they go to work and then go home in the evening without bringing any efficiency to their jobs."
The leaders of ministries and government agencies need to be bold about reforming public service policies and recruitment, Phuc said.
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