In a culmination of his five-year administration, former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has fulfilled a final promise by authorizing a noteworthy pay raise for police and military personnel. This significant adjustment is slated to take effect in January 2024.
This wage increase stands as a testament to the former administration's broader initiative to enhance the livelihoods of thousands of workers across various sectors. Notably, positive salary adjustments were already implemented for key sectors like education and healthcare, benefiting professionals in these fields. Commencing in 2022, the initial phases of these salary hikes have already made a positive impact.
And now, the pay commission has revealed the new pay structure for police and military personnel which will see the pay of Constable rank police officer from MVR 11,000 to MVR 15,400 and employees in Private rank in the military to see a salary rise from MVR 11,500 to MVR 16,300 starting next year.
The salary adjustment, a last-minute development in the waning hours of the previous administration, secured approval a mere day before its conclusion. As the Maldives contends with a substantial debt burden, the unfolding days will be closely watched to gauge the impact of this decision. The timing of this significant change adds an intriguing layer to the broader economic landscape, raising questions about its implications amidst the nation's financial challenges.