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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 12:38 PM
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From policy to practice

In what could be a huge step towards addressing the unemployment problem, the labour ministry yesterday launched its National Employment Policy 2013. The policy is aimed at helping the ministry tackle the issue of unemployment, especially among youth. On paper, goals and policy statements on how to create employment and align the employment market sounds appealing. The policy recommends, among others, clamping down on foreign recruitment, especially in areas where Bhutanese with appropriate skills are available. It also looks into providing incentives to businesses and [... Read More]

Cast in the DHI mould

The Druk Holding and Investment announced that it will take four more companies under its arm, taking the number of enterprises in its fold to 22. Like the chairperson said at the press conference yesterday, DHI was accused of taking under its wings, the cash cows like the Druk Green Power corporation, Bhutan Telecom, and Bank of Bhutan, etc. As the government’s investment arm, DHI was mandated to manage existing and future investments of the country, while funding the government through dividends and tax based [... Read More]

Blame not the monsoon

A downpour lasting fifteen minutes is enough to bring out the worst of the capital’s drainage system. It irks residents by exposing and subjecting them to such flaws in the infrastructure.  It also, ignored conveniently by most, reveals the flaws of residents – an almost total lack of civic sense. When these two flaws come together, the rain gets the blame. The story is not new.  Drains are either missing, small, narrow, and sometimes good enough, but are clogged by debris, pebbles, plastic, wood, rags, [... Read More]

Translating autonomy into competence

It is not known what was discussed behind the closed-door meeting yesterday on how the national referral hospital in Thimphu would function as an autonomous body. But what is clear is that the national referral hospital needs to improve service delivery.  One of the objectives of becoming autonomous is to do the same. Medical practitioners at the referral hospital have long pressed for a move away from the shackles of bureaucracy, which they indicated would mean more freedom and therefore better service delivery. Whether autonomous [... Read More]

The indignity of no labour

Sent to cover the graduates orientation program, a reporter tried to be smart in trying to stress on the increasing number of university graduates and limited jobs. In his lead, he wrote “If you throw a stone from a window in Thimphu, it will hit a university graduate!” The editor rejected the idea, and briefed the reporter that the situation was not as bad as he portrayed.  That was in 2004. Unemployment among university graduates, today, is the highest. At 30 percent, those with a [... Read More]

Safety before aesthetics

With removal of wire mesh dividing the two lanes on capital’s expressway, the probability of accidents has become even higher.  It was never a safe road, and the wire mesh wasn’t either. The only good that came out of its removal is it’s no longer an eyesore, and it was with this intention that it was removed in preparation for the Indian prime minister’s visit. The divider would often be a tangle of wires, after a vehicle crashed into it and be of risk to [... Read More]

Sitting on where they stand

The speaker of the National Assembly is adamant about not sharing the voting details on the pay revision vote. The results, he said, would be declared only when the right to information bill is in place, and people invoke the Act.  In other words, the results will be out, perhaps two sessions from now, as the RTI bill is almost a dead bill. When the Assembly passed the pay revision through voting. 30 members of the Assembly voted “yes” and 10 “no”, while three abstained.  [... Read More]

A price to pay

If it carries any weight, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has passed a damning verdict on the recent events in the parliament, particularly on the pay revision saga. Whether the political party is making noise to keep itself alive and kicking, like some say, is immaterial, but it has openly accused the two parties, both the ruling and the opposition, of breaching the trust between the people and elected representatives. The two parties, DNT alleged, have colluded in hiking the salary of the politicians. Saying they [... Read More]

The pay hike drama plays on

The salary revision has been endorsed. The Parliament session is over. But the drama is still unfolding. The latest twist is the National Council members agreeing to defer the revised salary until fiscal measures are implemented.  It was a reasoned decision from the house of review, although word is now emerging some members were not in favour of the “majority decision”. The Council is not being disrespectful to the Assembly’s decision, but respecting their own resolution on their salary.  They feel that they have the [... Read More]

An uphill battle?

Bhutan need not rejoice in the fact that our ranking on the Global Corruption Index dropped two places in a year. That the ground reality is different is a powerful message, especially when it comes from the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission. At the launch of the National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy, the chairperson candidly shared how the challenge of the commission stems from a lack of cooperation from other agencies in tackling corruption in the country. The ACC has a mission to eliminate corruption [... Read More]

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