There is a Bhutanese phrase that sums up quite well the issue of our school students, especially in the context of the recent class XII results, where performance in English language and literature had drastically dropped.
Well this comes at a time when Bhutanese school are already being criticised for performing poorly in Dzongkha, the national language.
The phrase goes so: “Know not the language of the other, lose that of one’s own”.
Most schools in the country [... Read More]
The Speaker of the National Assembly summed up what should be done, when it came to amending the narcotics drugs and psychotropic substance Act.
Cutting short the deliberations on the amendment of the Act, the Speaker said the need is a “harsh but implementable” Act.
Drug is fast becoming a problem, and a harsh law will deter people from both peddling and abusing it. At the same time, if the Act is not practical, it will remain [... Read More]
The debate in the assembly on whether the country’s 20 dzongkhags should have a thromde (town) and a yenla thromde (satellite town) each, ran more along the veins of chicken and egg riddle.
Whether to wait for towns as they, in time, graduated into a full-fledged one, or create the instruments like elected thrompons (mayors) and representatives among others, so they would stimulate the growth of a town.
While some members of the Parliament said much before [... Read More]
Those attending a talk on government performance and management system yesterday could not have agreed more with the speaker when he said the difference between developed and developing nation is the gap between rhetoric and action.
The speaker, Performance Management Division Secretary, Government of India, Dr Prajapati Trivedi, shared the Indian experience, but it was easier to relate to them.
The message was that implementation is the key to better performance, a familiar message we have been [... Read More]
Recently assembly members discussed autonomy of the national referral hospital from civil service, yesterday it discussed that of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s.
Much before the elections, there were several other institutions that discussed and sought their independence from civil service.
There were talks of the Royal Institute of Management and National Statistical Bureau also looking to be de-linked from civil service.
It was a little different in the case of tourism council secretariat that was not very keen on [... Read More]
The National Council’s call for intervention in the construction industry, especially in the housing sector, is timely if not late.
In fact, those in the industry had been requesting the government for some intervention, as escalating cost of materials, restrictions and high interest on loans has made the housing industry suffer in recent years. The restriction, in the form of a ban on loans, aggravated the problem and house rents are spiraling. This is happening everywhere [... Read More]
Medical professionals’ favouring national referral hospital’s autonomy conveys a subtle message.
Like institutions that have sought and gained autonomy from the civil service in the past, their wishes too are to break away from the bureaucratic complexities.
Apparently what doctors at the national referral hospital have indicated for insisting on such a move was because they believe, autonomy brought them freedom from the shackles of civil service rules and regulations.
The layers of processes civil service norms entailed, [... Read More]
After decades of planned development, one area that is still a national priority is road. Right from the beginning of our five-year plans, the country has spent substantial amounts, most donor or borrowed money, on building roads.
Today, we have more than 10,000 kilometres of road, yet connectivity is a problem. Our 20 dzongkhags may be connected with roads, but getting to them, not to speak of deeper in the gewogs and villages, is a bigger [... Read More]
Concerns that some local leaders in the east share on the National Council’s recent decision to allow sale and import of tobacco speaks of lack of consideration of rural take on it.
Perhaps our council and assembly members need to consult a little more on the issue to strike a chord with the rural folks that comprise a majority of the country’s population.
It was this argument of majority support in rural areas that was used to [... Read More]
Judging by recent developments, we could soon see the second batch of Bhutanese leave to work in the Middle East.
A Saudi company has expressed interest to recruit Bhutanese workers. They need 2,251 people. If the company chooses to give all the jobs to Bhutanese, it would lift a heavy burden from the labour and employment ministry, which is trying its best to create jobs, both within and outside the country.
Nine had already left for Qatar.
Unemployment [... Read More]