Call it the need of the hour or a populist decision; there is some progress in the proposed Local Government Entitlement Bill.
The bill was not even on the agenda, but the National Assembly will take it up this session, so it could be deliberated on in the next session, or perhaps enacted in the summer session.
Notwithstanding the reasons, an entitlement bill is long overdue, considering the importance of elected leaders at the local level.
The need [... Read More]
For whatever reasons the nation-wide drug bust operations are being carried out, but it is something that should have been done much earlier.
Not that it is late, but simply the thought that we could have saved one more life, had the intervention come in a little earlier, cannot be waived.
Many parents have had to suffer the pangs of losing their children to drug abuse, or were fighting to lure them to depend on support the [... Read More]
One subject that is being discussed over and over again is the teaching profession or teachers. We should welcome it. In fact, it deserves more discussion, because we are talking about a profession that is perceived as not receiving as much attention as merits its importance.
The latest study on teachers’ job satisfaction is not encouraging. It found that young teachers in the mid and early stages of their career are dissatisfied with their job. This [... Read More]
There has been words the central bank officials have advised the government to lift the ban on vehicle import and construction loans.
Although just an exchange of words, the news will make happy many, who have been waiting for such a move.
Initially, the previous government when it imposed the ban, it had said the move was a temporary one, in response to growing Rupee shortage and pressure on existing infrastructure of roads among other reasons.
In the [... Read More]
Clean Thimphu, Green Bhutan … sounds familiar!
Keeping the capital city green and clean, Thimphu thromde’s slogan, has been the biggest challenge. This is evident from the clogged drains, overflowing trash bins, garbage strewn all over the place, and rivers being used as a dumpsite.
The irony is that the problem was identified decades ago, when it was manageable. A lot has changed since then – population, settlement, and consumption pattern – except the garbage problem. Not [... Read More]
Given the sword, but unable to wield it for the specified purpose, was how some Parliament members referred to the vehicle allowance they were entitled.
Some parliamentarians said the Nu 700,000 they received to buy a vehicle of their choice, whether within that amount limit or more depending on their wish to part with additional money, did not serve the purpose.
Ban on import of vehicles was still on and it applied to our parliamentarians as well.
Even [... Read More]
After two parliamentary and several rounds of local government elections, the Election Commission of Bhutan, through the conduct of elections, found that election rules and regulations needed to be revisited.
We have just completed the second parliamentary election and the local government election are only after two years, which gives us ample time to have a relook at our rules and regulations. Those participating in the democratic process – as members, contestants and voters – have [... Read More]
Very simply proposed education ministry officials their wish to experiment with schools around the country by giving them autonomy.
Very little did it strike them that in experimenting with schools, they were with many young lives.
Like many of country’s policies including those of economic development plan and the FDI, the draft guidelines on autonomous schools flaunt some sterling ideas.
But they ring hollow when it comes to how these policies would be implemented.
All education officials have said [... Read More]
In what came as a major setback to the country’s ambitious plan of harnessing 10,000MW of hydropower by 2020, the economic ministry yesterday announced it wouldn’t be able to achieve the target.
To achieve it, all planned projects, including the four joint venture projects, should have started last year. 2020 is only six years from now and we have achieved only 1,488MW. This could double, even triple, when the ongoing Punatsangchhu I and II and Mangdechhu [... Read More]
For the laxness on the part of relevant authorities it is often the people who have to bear the brunt.
At least this is what the recent issue with respect to long-term lease of government land for private or institutional use shows.
It also indicates the lack of clarity in terms of where one agency’s authority began and where the other’s ended.
Many a policy the government draws up and like many of the laws it crafts through [... Read More]