Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 3:49 PM

What MPs are getting …

… is nothing compared to what the others are taking home, according to members of parliament

Salary: Members of parliament, who have been receiving flak for deliberating their salary revision, argue that, compared to the ministers, constitutional post holders and Cabinet secretary, they are the ones who are taking home the least revised salaries.

Starting July 1, MPs will be taking home Nu 10,388 more, which is an increase of 19 percent on their existing [... Read More]

Govt. defends pay rise for civil servants

revisionComparison of Pay Scale, Gross Pay and Take Home Pay from Existing

Revision: The salary revision proposed by the government for civil servants is better than the one the pay commission recommended, according to Finance Minister Namgay Dorji.

Justifying the revision, lyonpo Namgay Dorji said the government recommended for a higher take-home pay to the civil servants than that proposed by the second pay commission, which actually would make a difference for the civil servants.

While the take-home pay for the highest civil servant in the executive [... Read More]

ACC suspends Gelephu dungpa

Corruption: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday issued a suspension order to the Gelephu dungpa, who is alleged to have siphoned Nu 10.637M, a fund generated from Gelephu’s Losel Cinema hall.

An official from ACC said a letter has ben sent to the parent organisation to suspend dungpa Pema Wangdi as the investigation on the alleged corruption and embezzlement complaints lodged against him is not yet completed.

The suspension order, ACC officials said, was issued [... Read More]

One more generous gesture from PM

NIAS: If the Anti Corruption Commission permits, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will auction off all the gifts received from visiting guests.

The money collected will be donated to a charity fund.

The announcement was made yesterday during the launch of the national integrity and anti-corruption strategy (NIAS) in Thimphu.

However, a source from the Prime Minister’s office said gifts presented to lyonchhoen, that would be auctioned includes both “big and small.”

The source, however, could not share [... Read More]

PM to visit Japan

Diplomacy: In what should expand areas of cooperation with Japan, the Prime Minister will visit the island state, later this month.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, accompanied by aum Tashi Doma, will be in Japan from June 29-July 3.

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, foreign minister Rinzin Dorji, ambassador to Japan V Namgyel, and four other officials will comprise the delegation.

Lyonchhoen will meet the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzi Abe, to discuss bilateral relations and other issues of [... Read More]

Gelephu resident impugns gewog officials

He has accused them of flouting the community contracting protocol

Dispute: Believing that Gelephu gewog officials breached the community contracting protocol, a resident of Zomlingthang in Gelephu lodged a complaint against them to the dungkhag, Sarpang dzongkhag, police, court and the Anti Corruption Commission.

The resident, Rinchen Wangdi, in his complaint letter, alleged that gewog officials breached the community contract protocol by overlooking the clause that states that the contract should be awarded to people [... Read More]


Tweaking the civil service

The royal civil service commission is serious about ensuring that the bureaucracy is small, compact and efficient.

The commission recently notified that it is freezing all decentralised recruitment at entry level positions, including those at the lowest rung, the general support personnel and elementary support personnel like gardeners and cleaners.

It is also freezing all in-service recruitments until really necessary.  This is because, despite the policy of a small, compact and efficient administration, the size of the [... Read More]

Cabbie rises to the occasion

Gujju-PatientPujan Pandya

A taxi driver’s timely and conscientious actions go beyond the call of duty vis-a-vis his fare 

Emergency: Pujan Pandya, an Indian tourist from Gujurat, who has been at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) suffering from paralysis, will be flown to his hometown of Ahmedabad today.

Pujan was on a vacation in the country for the third time.  On his way back, on May 30, Pujan had a severe headache and fever. The airport [... Read More]

Vehicle and fuel tax will push up project costs – BKP

Seeing as transport will be affected, hydropower will be the first to feel the pinch, says party president

Critique: While economic benefits of the recently endorsed vehicle and fuel tax at macro level will be less, cost escalations will be huge, especially in the hydropower sector, according to Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP).

BKP president, Sonam Tobgay, said over 60 percent of the works done in hydropower sector is transportation. “Given the thousands of heavy vehicles [... Read More]

Money well spent in Bumthang

IMG_2856The kitchen with storeroom in Pangkhar village in Ura constructed with GDG

The grant has fully been used for a flurry of activities outside the 11th Plan

GDG: Notwithstanding the debate surrounding the source of the gewog development grant (GDG), the People’s Democratic party’s campaign promise of Nu 2M has definitely helped gewogs in Bumthang realise activities outside the 11th Plan.

Gewogs, like Chumey, Chokhor, Tang and Ura, have used the grant to execute activities like constructing meeting hall, farm roads and crematorium, besides repairing irrigation channel.

Tang [... Read More]

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