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Taking civil service from ‘good to great’

Recommendation from the organisation development exercise will help achieve it

RCSC: Towards the end of this year, the reformed civil service will begin taking shape.  The Royal Civil Service Commission is almost done with the organisational development (OD) exercise and has come up with a large list of recommendations.

As the recommendations will be implemented in another one year, it is expected to take the civil service that has reached a minimum standard now to another level.  The civil service reform was required to take civil service from “good to great” level.


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Bhutan4Nepal: Students and staff of Sersang Primary School and Sersang Playgroup in Thimphu donate 130 blankets, 270 children’s jackets and 76 pairs of trousers for children in Nepal affected by the recent earthquake


Community centres handed over to BDB

IMG_20150506_102501Bhutan Post CEO Karma Wangdi and Bhutan Development Bank MD Pema Tshering finalise the transfer

Management: In a move that will make banking services available in all gewogs, the operation and management of community centres (CCs) was officially handed over to the Bhutan Development Bank (BDB), yesterday.

While the bank already took over management of CCs from Bhutan Post in March, the transfer had not yet been finalised.

The government decided to transfer management of CCs to the development bank to increase the utility of the centres as financial services would be included alongside public services like G2C (government to citizen) services, among others. The government’s stand is that financial services are more in demand by rural communities and that BDB because of its already wide rural coverage is in a better position as a vendor.


Specter haunts us again

A fire on Tuesday gutted 13 houses in Changzamtog, Thimphu. People who lived in those houses that are no more could salvage nothing pretty much because they weren’t there when the incident occurred early in the evening.

This should come as a strong reminder of danger that our towns are increasingly being exposed to. Almost every two years, we witness makeshift houses and camps succumb to fire. And quickly, rather very conveniently, we blame it all on electric short circuit and let the matter there to rest.


Traditional medicine’s Thai tie-up

DSC_8948DTMS’s director general Dorjee Tshering and MFU president Vanchai Sirichana at the MoU signing yesterday

MoU: To help strengthen traditional medicine services in the country, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between department of traditional medicine service of the health ministry and Thailand’s Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) yesterday.

With the signing, the university is expected to help in consultation and support research and development of Bhutanese natural resources into cosmetic products, using appropriate and friendly environment and sustainable methods.

Three batches of two officials each from the health ministry will receive trainings on developing cosmetic products at the MFU this year.  At present, there are 10 Bhutanese studying at the MFU in various subjects.


Priority: Archery range or economic activity?

IMG_2957The archery range in question

Trongsaps question their DT decision to improve bacho for Nu 2.8 million

Planning: In what is a case of misplaced priority, villagers in Trongsa are disapproving their dzongkhag tshogdu’s decision to invest Nu 2.8 million in improving the dzongkhag’s archery range.

The fund is from the Nu 200 million the Mangdechu Hydropower Project (MHPA) committed from its environment management plan (EMP). The dzongkhag’s overall allocation of Nu 200 million to 27 activities, allegedly without even informing the grassroots is also heavily criticised.

MHPA left the usage of the budget to the discretion of the dzongkhag. The allocation of fund came to limelight in March after Trongsa National Council member Tharchen raised the issue in a hydropower review meeting at MHPA.


A saturated civil service

DSC03167Karma Tshiteem speaks to RTC students

More than half of civil servants are only mid way through their service which means less new recruitments

RCSC: Talking to students of the Royal Thimphu College yesterday, chairman of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Karma Tshiteem was blunt and honest.

He said the opportunities of getting a government job is lesser today and that the civil service is shrinking. Only around 26,000 of the country’s 0.7 million people are civil servants today, he said.

Karma Tshiteem explained that the growth rate for the civil service has drastically decreased over time. In the early 1990’s the annual growth rate of the civil service was 39 percent. Today it is about six to seven percent.


Bhutan’s medical team in Nepal expanded

11012194_692024840920711_5328524349533227709_oReinforcement: The additional 15-member team left yesterday on a charted flight to Nepal

800 cases of water delivered to Trishuli

Relief: An additional 15 personnel have joined the 63-member Bhutanese medical team in Trishuli, Nepal.

The additional team left the country yesterday on a chartered flight.

Although the initial wave of patients requiring urgent treatment has subsided, the team welcomed the reinforcement. Today is the team’s ninth day in Nepal.

The reinforced team has, in coordination with the Nepalese government, begun identifying places in which their services are urgently required to set up extended camps which would treat the less severe patients and refer the more serious patients to the base camp at Trishuli.


Are E-cars really environment-friendly?

Considering the CDM benefit analysis, environmental friendliness of e-car comes under the scrutiny

E-cars: While the issue is already under the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) scanner, findings from a study seems to have whitewashed the underlying intentions of promoting electric vehicles-zero emission and curbing the fuel imports.

Although the country has cheap and clean source of energy, most of the upcoming hydropower projects are lobbying for clean development mechanism (CDM).


Four new Prados for ministerial pool

The govt.’s recent order comes with a price tag of Nu 3 million each

Perks: The State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited (STCBL) recently delivered a fresh consignment of four Toyota Land Cruiser (Prados) registered with the government.

Although corporation officials didn’t comment whether the vehicles were ministers’ pool vehicles, the Prados are the duty vehicles of ministers in agriculture, home and cultural affairs, works and human settlement, and the information and communications ministries, Kuensel learnt.