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Madagascar: A biometric hunt to track down the ghost workers in the Island

The Malagasy authorities are preparing to give a kick the anthill of Public Service of Madagascar. A biometric census - to which will be collaborating the European Union - with fingerprinting will within six months precisely track the number of officials in the Island.
Thus, about 10,000 Malagasy officials would be considered to by the administration as "ghosts". These "ghost" officials no longer employed in the ministries, however, continue to receive their salaries and among them are even enumerated dead people, whose relatives did not report their death to competent authorities.
It is thus 300,000 million ariarys * per month are being spent since 2009 by the State Treasury for labor costs that do not exist.
The Public Service accounted for some 124,000 employees listed in 2006 and nearly 165,000 today. The Malagasy State must also pay each month between 90 and 100 billion ariary for treatment of officials in service and those who have already retired.
* One euro roughly equivalent to 3.216 ariarys


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