A TOTAL of 184.9bn/- has been paid to public servants as part of their arrears from July to September, this year.
Speaking during Prime Minister's question and answers session, the Premier, Mr Kassim Majaliwa told legislators that the government was doing everything in its jurisdiction to see into it that all the arrears and other debts are cleared.
He said: "Our focus is on paying public servants arrears; we are doing this to ensure everyone is paid in accordance with the law and regulations.”
According to Mr Majaliwa, the government is facing some challenges in the Education and Health sectors, which have big numbers of servants.
"There are some areas, which contain a big number of civil servants for example, the health and education sectors. These are the most challenging sectors in paying arrears," added the Premier.
He said the government has already directed heads of departments to coordinate leave allowances, and other payment for workers in such challenging sectors to ensure they are paid on time.
"We are doing our best to ensure workers are paid their leave, travel and transfer allowances on time, whoever applies for a leave must be given his/her cheque before leaving the office…this will help to reduce problems between the government and its employees," pointed out Mr Majaliwa.
However, he assured the public that the Fifth Phase Government was determined to pay all past arrears and ensure allowances and other payments are done on time.
The Premier made the remarks while responding to Mr Emmanuel Mwakasaka (Tabora Urban-CCM) who wanted to know when the government would pay all arrears it owes to all civil servants across the country.