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July 23, 2015 at 1:19 pm in reply to: The Face and Will of anti corruption in the person of Dasho Neten Zangmo at BBS #121959
Overall, I appreciate Aum Neten….. I can’t find any Bhutanese more suitable & professionally courageous than her for the job. No one is 100% perfect, everyone has a weakness, everything has pros & cons…. so is Aum Neten. Important aspect is that we consider & understand the bigger picture holistically:
However, I do like to submit following two observation/opinion regarding Aum’s (ACC) live interview in BBS:
1. ECONOMIC SECURITY:
Aum’s justification was mainly on the “RISK” ACC Officials factors due to nature of their job in terms of enmity, lack of quality time with family, requirement of high ethical & integrity standards etc. Therefore, ACC officials need to be paid high. In this context & in a small society like ours where everyone knows everyone/everybody, I think similar RISK prevail in many other organization. Very example is CUSTOMS who also have to deal with business community whereby collecting ‘correct’ revenue & at the same time “facilitating legitimate trade” is the most challenging job given the unique economic conditions & smallness of our market size. CUSTOMS too draw a lot of enmity since have to deal with different type of business people/traders. More challenging is non-stop interference/intrusion as everybody knows someone influential or some close friends/relatives of the official on-duty. Our smallness and compact social network is to large extent negatively impacting in executing required level of performance as per the law. Further, vulnerability to corruption is high in CUSTOMS & that too is RISK. RISK is what we need to measure for fair & just economic security as to mitigate/minimize corruption. Determining RISK in relevant context is vital that is why Air Hostess/Stewards/Pilots are paid high. It is time as an individual, as a Bhutanese, as an Organization, as a Government, as a Nation to change our thinking towards broader & holistic paradigm & to change our development priority areas. So, ECONOMIC SECURITY should be looked holistically across the board. However, the bigger question is DO WE HAVE THE RESOURCES?
I agree with most of the issues raised by AUM but in my opinion one of the critical issue that she missed pertain to “LEADERSHIP”. There is a serious problem with our Leadership Style at Agency/Departmental level. I might sound naive but majority of the bosses of Govt. Organizations does not even have a vision where they want to be professionally and lead his/her organization in next 5 – 10 years down the line. Even if there is a vision and mission, no one really strive towards it. At the end of the day, name of the game is “survival of the fittest”. Most bosses work from individual perspective and personal based agenda. Focus and need to priorities is what they lack. One cannot do everything and achieve everything just for the sake of wanting to please big/bigger bosses and climb up the ladder faster. AUM talked about “best practices”. This is something that most civil servants possess the know-how and want to implement in their respective organization for the benefit of Tsa-Wa-Sum BUT it is the lack of dynamic leadership that is subduing brilliant and innovative ideas (best practices) to be materialized. I do not have much to elaborate on this subject since words cannot convince until one practically experience it within the civil service fraternity…..you will then realize the level of frustration and kind of organizational culture/system that is driving energetic and dynamic officials towards humble mentality “Do what you are asked to, Complete whats on your table, Office at 9 am and leave right on time at 5pm…….”. SO, LEADERSHIP……………….!!!!
Watching the BBS interview of a NC & NA yesterday, I am firstly sad that the content of their opinion are weak and not based on in-depth research. They were trying to clarify their stand and objective to the general public.
I would like to clarify on the point made by the NA pertaining; “shifting from harsh penalty like imprisonment in the existing act to more appeal process based approach and opting for best alternative measures………”. PLEASE note that prior to enactment/implementation of ban on commercial sale and having harsh penalty provisions, enforcement agencies do have appeal based legislative process already spelled out in their Act. Such practice has been there long time ago and even today as well. So, it is not a new thing that MP’s are initiating.
What I would like to point out is, we need to look at issues from holistic perspective. LAWS are good and I applaud our MP’s. In the BBS interview, emphasis was drawn on the effective role to be played by the implementing agencies and to consider equal responsibility by all. BUT what we need to realise is that to implement such measures effectively, we need resources mainly in terms of financial and human. Now the question is, do we (RGoB) have the required (optimum) resource capacity? Has the implementing agencies been given adequate resources? On one hand, implementing agencies are to do many things for the country but on the other hand they are to consider country’s dire financial situation, austerity measures, small & compact policy etc. So, it is very difficult to balance and implement brilliant laws by the implementing agencies. Fact is there is nobody to solve the practical problems.
I just wish if BBS had done some in-depth research as to generate correct awareness and direct discussions into right path. Due to such “UN-PROFESSIONALISM” I observe here that many have not grasp the crux of the matter:
– Firstly, vehicle ownership transfer tax has been there long ago and it is not a new tax being levied.
– Secondly, the important question “WHY” people are avoiding or not complying with applicable regulation pertaining to vehicle ownership transfer, is not because of transfer tax. It’s because of “VEHICLE QUOTA”. HOW?
Everyone knows that Vehicle Quota exempts an individual from paying applicable duty and sales tax upto the value of Nu. 800,000/- on their procurement of vehicle from outside. What is happening is that quota holder sells the quota to non-eligible individual at the market value. Under such circumstance, the vehicle has to be in the name of the quota holder as to avail the duty & sales tax exemption benefits. Now, regulation stipulates that IF the vehicle availed on quota basis is sold within 5 years of his (Owner: quota holder) purchase, then the buyer has to be pay the applicable duty and sales tax on the depreciated value (no. of years used) which accounts much higher to 5% ownership transfer tax. On the other hand, IF the vehicle owner (quota holder) sells the vehicle to anyone after 5 years then no duty and sales tax is charged since the value of the vehicle becomes zero (depreciated @20% per annum). This is the main reason in finding vehicle being driven by someone but ownership under someone……that is a quota vehicle waiting for 5 years to be completed. So, people intending to buy high value vehicles look for quota holder, based on which duty and sales tax exemption benefit is availed BUT the ownership lies with the quota holder. However, a mutual agreement is singed between the quota buyer and seller. SO, getting duty and sales tax benefit and its implication if sold to non-quota eligible is way severe than 5%. Ownership transfer tax on the other hand can be easily manipulated in terms of sale value between the buyer and seller on which RSTA charge 5%.
THEREFORE, I say OWNERSHIP TRANSFER problem is not 5% transfer tax, it is the “QUOTA”.November 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm in reply to: Murder & Rape at Chang-Bhang-Do & Olakha: Partially Thromde’s Fault #92060
Please note that I am referring to Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded town projects whereby issue of financial constraint is not a concern. When we get financial assistance from international bank or donor agency, we must grasp every available opportunity. Thimphu Thromde was so bold & un-shamefully admitted that they forgot to consider street lights in the Chang-Ja-Lu & Olakha town project plan. So, through this silly learning experience, Thimphu Thromde said that they have considered street lights at Lang-Jho-Pha-Kha town project, also funded by ADB. We Bhutanese always learn & initiate correction measures only after a failure or something really bad happens. It’s time that we be proactive, have vision, institute dynamic leadership at all levels & think of 20 – 30 years down the line.November 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm in reply to: Murder & Rape at Chang-Bhang-Do & Olakha: Partially Thromde’s Fault #91788
I correct myself: it’s “Chang-Ja-Lu” instead of “Chang-Bhang-Do”. My apologies la!September 28, 2013 at 11:37 am in reply to: 40+ Veteran Football Tournament – Woezer Event & BFF #85656
Just a wild thought: Will the age limit for veteran football tournament keep on increasing as these selfish, narrow minded and influential individuals get older?????
In supplementary to all the issues discussed, I would like to share my observations about JDWNRH. I think there are more serious cases happened and happening in the hospital which are never brought into the limelight. Shockingly, even our media have turned their blind eye to such issues despite their complains of not getting stories.
My main concern pertain to un-ethical and un-professional method and approach used by doctors, nurses, sisters and brothers which bears severe implication on the betterment of a patient. Further, it is sadder that we do not have an alternate means and measures in place to correct it. I have heard many cases of operations that have gone wrong in many ways. Sometime a cloth left inside the stomach, sometimes wrong stitching, sometimes wrong diagnosis resulting further delay to cure the patient, sometimes wrong medicines resulting to serious complications, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc…. Recently i overheard nurses talking that number of cases pertaining to fluid/liquid entering into babies lung is increasing. I also heard them say that this could be due to new doctors conducting the baby delivery by scissoring method whereby one needs to know certain process and ways to handle the baby when taking it out of mother’s womb. Babies with liquid in their lungs is considered serious at times and kept in ICU under vigilant observation. Taking such cases into consideration, i just can’t imagine how many far-off humble, illiterate and village people have been victimised and all these cases buried silently and gone unheard.
My suggestion is to establish an appeal process/mechanism similar to the judicial system that we have (District level then to the High Court and finally to the Supreme Court). In this case role of Supreme Court will be taken by the Committee formed at the Ministry level. However, If an appellant is not satisfied with the judgement of the Ministry, he/she can forward the case to the Court and start the whole process again. In my view, this system will to certain degree mind the hospital officials to be alert and serious about their job.
Anyways, i think such appeal process is already there but people are not aware. If that is the case then more awareness needed. CHEERS!July 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm in reply to: REFUND WITHDRAWAL COULD BE A BLESSING “BUT TO FEW”! #70550
Wangru – Tired of waiting for the nation to inform us. My civil servant frens told me that their “Days, nights, weeks and months research work, studies, findings and recommendations” has gone into a black hole. Due to this, the general public are mis-informed and civil servants are underestimated by the private sectors/business community.
kdem, there are lots of low level/income individuals (yam-chung) referred for treatment outside Bhutan and many have travelled outside for the first time. Defintely, i have seen some kind of differentiation between influential and non-influential patients. . To be honest it is not the fault of Liaison Officer (leaving aside the corruption isuue IF there is any). It is the system and environment that demands to service the influential and treat the non-influential as suits oneself.
However, concerning Kolkata Health official, one must first try to understand the insitutional/organizational strenghts and weaknesses there:
– Whether enough manpower exist to cater the needs of over-flowing patients??
– Whether adequate resources and expertise exist???
– Are the helath officials responsible are appropriately utilised by the very influential people who have set such kind of noble service???
Another systemic flaw observed is that all RGoB’s foreign postings are given on an “Incentive” basis not professional considered “right people for the right job”.
My concern really pertains to “Pricing & Charges” levied by the Indian Hospitals to the Bhutanese patients whereby cost to the Govt. is huge. A techinical expert who knows about medicines and treatment has to be posted there.
Best Wishes!February 4, 2013 at 11:26 am in reply to: DHI Interview Result Announcement using CID No. ‘Risky’ #47361
Thanks ‘nobrand’ for an exhaustive explanation. My answer would be to draw up “Privacy Law” parallel to NC Mr. Sangay Kandus proposal on “Right to Information Bill”. This two has to go together as there are lot of conflicting and correlated issues.