ABU DHABI // A system that ensures workers are paid was honoured as one of the Government's best programmes yesterday at the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Awards.
The Ministry of Labour, which produced the system, was one of 14 ministries and federal departments that received awards from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Wages Protection System, which was launched in September 2009, creates a link between the ministry, Central Bank and all banks and money exchange centres so that the ministry can monitor when wages are paid.
"This served more than four million labourers to make sure they received their wages on time," said Muhsin Alnasi, the director of the programme.
The Interior Ministry was another department that won recognition, including 12 awards in categories ranging from leadership, operations and creativity.
"A vision without work remains a dream, and work without vision becomes a nightmare. So the homeland has become a green oasis that installs in us willpower," Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, the Deputy Prime Minister, said after receiving the award. An "open-door policy" and a "one big family" approach won the Zakat Fund awards for human resources and customer service.
Hessa Buhumaid, the coordinator general of the awards, said the year-long process of selecting winners started with training the departments on how to improve.
Then 355 nomination proposals were sent for the award's 23 categories.
A team of inspectors spent three to six days in each organization to evaluate their performance. After passing before two panels of judges, the winning entries were finalised by Sheikh Mohammed.
The next round will begin in January 2012.