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New rules may see some civil servants retire in their 30s

STAFF WRITER

Civil servants may be allowed to retire in their 30s under a new program drafted by the Examination Yuan, the local Chinese-language media reported yesterday.

The move apparently is aimed at realizing President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) campaign promise to build a "small but efficient" government.

After proposing a plan that would allow public servants to retire after 20 years of service, the Examination Yuan added two conditions for voluntary retirement -- government employees aged 50 or older who have served for 10 years, or those who have assumed a rank for three years that leaves them no opportunity for promotion, according to regulations.

In accordance with the latter condition, retirees might be younger than 40.

In related news, the Cabinet is slated to hold meetings this week discussing the downsizing of government agencies in a bid to slim down the Cabinet's departments to less than 20 in order to reduce the costs of communication and negotiations.

That goal was set by the Government Reform Committee, a consultative body to the president.

Sources said that the Fair Trade Commission and the Consumer Protection Commission are expected to be combined to become an independent entity. The nation's central bank and the planned financial supervisory board will also be independent entities.

But whether the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics and the Central Personnel Administration will be integrated into the Ministry of Finance will be discussed in this week's meeting.

The Examination Yuan has sent the draft proposal to the Government Reform Committee, which is expected to pass the plan at the end of this month, the local media reported.

Based on the proposal, the Examination Yuan will amend related laws regarding public servants' retirement before sending the program proposal to the Legislative Yuan for final approval next month.

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