The civil ser­vants

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The govern­ment has in­creased the salary of the civil ser­vants, pub­lic ser­vants and lo­cal govern­ment func­tionar­ies in­clud­ing the con­sti­tu­tional po­si­tion hold­ers’ from 1st of July 2014 and the ex­ec­u­tive order for the rise was is­sued by the Min­istry of Fi­nance last Wed­nes­day.

The high­est raise is for the prime min­is­ter and the low­est is for the Tshog­pas/ Thromde thuemis from the lo­cal govern­ment and ESP from the civil ser­vants. The strik­ing fea­ture of the ex­ec­u­tive order which was made avail­able on the pub­lic do­main last Fri­day was that the lump sum “Salary al­lowance “granted from 1st of Jan­uary 2011 is merged with the re­vised pay scale.

The salary of the Non For­mal ed­u­ca­tion In­struc­tors is re­vised to Nu. 8,400 per month and Con­tract em­ploy­ees to Nu.14,000 from Nu.10,000.00 The re­mu­ner­a­tion of artistes from Royal Academy of Per­form­ing Arts was also re­vised based on their po­si­tion level . The salary of the Com­mu­nity Based Teach­ers is re­vised to Nu. 11,200 per month, Gups to Nu. 20,000 and Nu. 15,000 to the Mang­mis.

The govern­ment has al­ready clar­i­fied that it has enough money to pay the pay hike and most of them should be through the in­ter­nal rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. The in­crease in the tar­iff of the Chukha hy­dro, Com­mis­sion­ing of Dung­sum and Da­gachu are some of the im­por­tant sources of in­ter­nal rev­enues fore­casted by the govern­ment. The govern­ment has al­ready iden­ti­fied the to­tal do­mes­tic rev­enue of Nu. 24.599 B and can af­ford to pay the pay re­vi­sion.

While the govern­ment got a stiff reser­va­tion from the mem­bers of the na­tional coun­cil and the op­po­si­tion party cit­ing rea­sons that the state of the econ­omy can­not af­ford the pay hike. The rea­son pointed out seems valid on the ground of huge ex­ter­nal debt and weak econ­omy due to eco­nomic slow­down. The pri­vate sec­tor which is con­sid­ered the en­gine of growth is al­ready in trou­ble due to lim­ited source of fi­nance..

The Druk Nyam­rup Tshon­gpa has re­quested the govern­ment to re­think about the pay re­vi­sion and as the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple, it has a sa­cred re­spon­si­bil­ity to work to­wards the greater in­ter­est of the na­tion, serve peo­ple self­lessly and set good ex­am­ples for fel­low ci­ti­zens. The Bhutan KuenNyam Party wants the con­sti­tu­tion of the Third Pay Com­mis­sion.

With the pay re­vi­sion now put in place by the govern­ment, it is time for the gen­eral pub­lic to pon­der as to what type of ser­vice they ex­pect from the civil ser­vants.

As en­shrined in the con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan the civil ser­vants has to be apo­lit­i­cal and will dis­charge the du­ties in an ef­fi­cient, trans­par­ent and ac­count­able man­ner. The civil ser­vants must strive to up­hold their du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at all times to come. As at the end of the day it the pub­lic who is pay­ing the civil ser­vants.

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