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Technicians and staff from the National Institute of Social Security (INSS), the General Labour Inspectorate (IGT) and the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC), met on Thursday in Maputo for a seminar on preventing and combating social security fraud.
According to a note cited by ‘O País’, the seminar had as its main goal “to train INSS technicians and SERNIC agents in the prevention and combat of fraud”.
Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Vitória Diogo said the training seminar came at an opportune moment, welcoming the initiative empowering auditors, labour inspectors and SERNIC agents.
“Deviant behaviour and fraud not only harm bona fide users of the system, who pay in monthly from their salaries for a secure old age, but also the institution itself, jeopardising the sustainability of the system,” the minister said.
“With this seminar, we also want to bring our institutions closer together, and we hope that the partnership will be strengthened to close ranks in the unending fight against those who intentionally damage our institution with their irregular practices,” she added.
SERNIC Deputy Director General Fernando Francisco said that the seminar would develop comprehensive strategies to combat fraud in the social insurance system.
“We think that the relationship between the INSS and SERNIC has to be very strong, given that the problems afflicting us are related to the country’s economy and security. They might seem small, but to us they are serious,” he said.
Official figures indicate that, from 2014 to date, 34 disciplinary proceedings have been opened in the INSS at national level. Of these, the spotlight is on INSS delegations in Maputo city, Manica, Cabo Delgado, and Maputo provinces, where disciplinary cases resulted in expulsion, dismissal, relocation and fines.Source: O País
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