The Treasury has declared its productivity campaign a success, saying it will achieve its aim of a five per cent saving one year ahead of schedule. The department is one of three which will be able to meet the target at the end of the second year of the three-year Enhanced Productivity Programme, launched last year. A total of $17 million will be saved when the programme ends. Forty-nine, or about six per cent, of posts will be abolished. Director of Accounting Services Shum Man-to said quality of services had not been compromised because the cuts were made through natural wastage or redeployment. He said the measures taken to save costs included reorganising the sub-treasuries and the postal remittance office amid a fall in the number of government bills settled by mail or over-the-counter in favour of electronic methods. Staff had been told to take time off in lieu of overtime allowances to cut spending and temporary staff had been hired to cope with additional workload during busy periods. Mr Shum stressed the productivity programme would not be a one-off exercise. The newly formed Leisure and Cultural Services Department said it would create 550 more posts in the new financial year despite the productivity campaign. The department, formed after the municipal councils were abolished at the end of last year, had 9,776 permanent posts at the end of this month. In the next financial year, it will create 754 posts and scrap 204.