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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - 8:22 PM
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Bankrolling City Hall

With an elected thrompon, thromdes have never been scrutinised as much as they are today.  There are expectations for development and change.  Voters are quick to point out that, with or without thrompons, change is slow. A lot will depend on the elected leader of a thromde.  From making policies to implementing and monitoring them, thrompons could bring changes.  But a lot will depend on what is in their coffers.  Developing or maintaining a thromde is expensive and they need budget.

A continuing lack of etiquette

Thimphu national referral hospital’s management has blocked the entrance, for vehicles, to the emergency department.  This will cause inconvenience to those visiting the hospital. But the management had to do it.  Despite a huge parking space around the department, vehicle congestion is a common sight.  The final decision, it was learnt, was made after an ambulance couldn’t enter the area, as it was blocked with vehicles parked carelessly.

A test case for the civil service

With the recent development in the case of the three secretaries to the government, there are more questions being asked. The Royal Civil Service Commission decided to reassign them, a decision that many felt was very neutral, as the news of the decision spread.  However, it is not announced or even decided if the commission had finalised where to reassign three senior secretaries, who had held important portfolios at the highest positions in the civil service.

A test case for the civil service

With the recent development in the case of the three secretaries to the government, there are more questions being asked. The Royal Civil Service Commission decided to reassign them, a decision that many felt was very neutral, as the news of the decision spread.  However, it is not announced or even decided if the commission had finalised where to reassign three senior secretaries, who had held important portfolios at the highest positions in the civil service.

Need to set right precedent

The three government secretaries that the Lhengye Zhungtshog (cabinet) surrendered to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) will now be called back to duty, albeit not to the same position and perks that the top bureaucrats enjoyed before they were tossed out for reasons that the nation is still aching to know. This is good news because we now know the contours of our faces, however handsome and blotted they are.  Our democratic face doesn’t look so very fetching as we think we do sincerely [... Read More]

The Year of the Sheep is upon us

Before we knew it, the Year of the Horse has galloped away. It was a fairly successful year. Disasters were minimum, we enjoyed peace and prosperity, and even with a lot of hurdles on the economic front, the year sailed through smoothly. But what do we do at the end of any year? We look ahead to a new year! Bhutan this year has special reasons to do so. It is a year of celebrations. We are already in the mood. Celebrations to mark the [... Read More]

The SOE salary revision

The suspense is at last over.  Salary revision for employees working in state-owned enterprises has been finally finalised.  The revision between 19 and 25 percent at various levels will come into effect from July 1, 2014. In other words, many will feel that it was worth the wait.  The decision to pay them an almost eight-month revised amount in arrears will come as a generous Losar gift.  With the corporate allowance also increased from 20 to 25 percent, it is a significant revision. And the [... Read More]

Does it take a disaster to eliminate delay?

It was windy and the sky was overcast in Sarpang on Sunday. Some were expecting rain as thunder roared in the distance. The rain didn’t come. Nearby Gelephu was welcoming light showers, and the last thing residents expected was news of a major fire accident in their neighbouring town. But it did happen. Sarpang bazaar was nearly wiped out when a fire broke out at around 8:30pm on Sunday. The fire destroyed 81 shops along with the goods inside. There are 132 such shops, all [... Read More]

Need to tackle the symptoms first, not the malaise

Night is a time of behaviours dark and wild and bright.  Night is a time of privacy.  This day in the country, however, what is time of peace for one is also a time of violence for a growing number of young people.  We live in a time of change that compels us to look deeper into our own souls. Our small and happy society is no longer at peace with itself.  This is no exaggeration.  We should be able to accept this much, at [... Read More]

Trimming the TA/DA sails

Call it a poor decision, or putting the cart before the horse, the decision to increase the daily sustenance allowance by 100 percent, without increasing the budget, has not gone well for civil servants. If the idea of increasing the allowance was to meet the cost of being away from home on official duty, it has served the purpose.  Cost of living has increased.  With Nu 500, one cannot even rent a decent hotel in almost all the towns in the country.  It would be [... Read More]

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