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Fix accountability

Our thromdes are not living up to their mandate.  As a part of the local government, thromdes were instituted to facilitate proper town planning and development. Their formation was to promote self-governance, share power with the people and to develop local resources and capabilities. But this is not how the …

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Unemployment: Wishing it away won’t help

There are enough jobs in the country. This is what prime minister said in the National Assembly recently. We have been hearing the same refrain even as unemployment, particularly youth unemployment is growing slowly and steadily. Either the leaders are making a mockery of the rising unemployment or they do …

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Non – compliance to audit observations

The Royal Audit Authority’s report on civil servants indulging in fictitious tours raises serious questions on the professionalism and integrity of the bureaucracy.  Civil servants claiming allowances without travelling or inflating their claims is not new. The audit report only confirms how widespread the practice is and that it has …

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Small thoughts as summer break nears

The peak of summer is approaching. This is the time when children are ready for a well-deserved break from schoolwork and routine. As much as it is a happy time for the children and parents, this is also the time when our children are exposed to risks. Unhealthy distractions are …

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The water crisis

Although a bit late, Thimphu ​T​hromde’s move to embrace social media to gather feedback and complaints from its residents is encouraging. With residents using social media platform to share their grievances and feedback, the thromde has now started a common social media platform for people to interact with the municipality. …

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Strengthening local governments

As the process of decentralisation speeds up, the need to strengthen local government has become ever so urgent. For the roots of democratic culture to dig deep into the consciousness of the communities, strong and vibrant system of local governance has to be nurtured. When governments at the grassroots fail, …

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Fighting corruption is everyone’s responsibility

 A complaint was filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission almost everyday. This is , however, 13 percent drop from the previous year.  The commission’s annual report 2017 does not state  reasons for the decline and past reports show that this has been the trend. Some see the drop in the number …

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Water shortage in water abundant Bhutan?

The problem of water shortage has been increasing in Bhutan over the years. This problem in a country that is rich in water is ironic. Climate change could be contributing to the drying up of water sources. That is why growing cities like Thimphu and Phuentsholing are running short of …

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The neglected sector

Bhutan worked towards achieving food self-sufficiency since the first Plan. After more than 50 years of planned development, we are only 47 percent self-sufficient in rice.  The state of agriculture sector today shows that Bhutan is an agrarian society that does not prioritise and value the agriculture sector. The sector …

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LPG: Break the hoarding culture

We have been experiencing the shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from time to time. It was in Thimphu two months ago. Now the shortage is being felt in six dzongkhags of Sarpang, Tsirang, Dagana, Zhemgang, Bumthang, and Trongsa. LPG is the principal cooking fuel in both urban and rural …

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