The Gov­ern­ment dis­ap­pointed as Op­po­si­tion uses me­dia as medium of com­mu­ni­ca­tion

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The Gov­ern­ment is dis­ap­pointed as the Op­po­si­tion Party uses the me­dia as their pre­ferred chan­nel to com­mu­ni­cate with the gov­ern­ment on the re­cent sur­ren­der to the RCSC of the three most highly re­spected gov­ern­ment sec­re­taries. In the press re­lease on the so­cial me­dia the op­po­si­tion party has said that the sec­re­taries have been sur­ren­dered with­out fol­low­ing the due process. The press re­lease fur­ther states that the three sec­re­taries were ‘sur­ren­dered’ in the most hu­mil­i­at­ing man­ner with­out giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to de­fend them­selves. Fur­ther it has also ques­tioned whether the Cab­i­net has the au­thor­ity to dis­miss the of­fi­cers from the po­si­tion to which they were ap­pointed by His Majesty the King. The three Sec­re­taries have dis­tin­guished ser­vice records with two of them awarded Red Scarves by His Majesty the King and they have reached their po­si­tions of the high­est rank­ing civil ser­vants through lifetime of ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty to the Tsa – wa – sum.

The op­po­si­tion fur­ther states that this decision of the gov­ern­ment has sent a shock wave of fear and a sense of help­less­ness and in­se­cu­rity, par­tic­u­larly among the se­nior of­fi­cers who will now con­strue that their po­si­tions are vul­ner­a­ble to mere po­lit­i­cal whims. The se­cu­rity and the self re­spect that are vi­tal for con­fi­dence of civil ser­vants to per­form has been shaken to the roots. The Civil Ser­vice, which en­joyed the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing among the very best in the re­gion and ac­corded recog­ni­tion by His Majesty the King with medals and cer­tifi­cates, is now con­fused and in fear.

The op­po­si­tion urges RCSC to en­sure jus­tice keep­ing the in­ter­est of the na­tion in mind. If this wrong­ful act is not re­versed, the Prime Min­is­ters and Cab­i­nets in fu­ture will cite this as prece­dence to ap­point and dis­miss not only se­nior civil ser­vants but also the com­mis­sion­ers of the Con­sti­tu­tional Posts.

Fur­ther the Op­po­si­tion has re­quested RCSC to call upon the gov­ern­ment to ex­plain how the let­ter writ­ten to the In­dian Am­bas­sador has af­fected or could af­fect our bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to such an ex­tent as to out­weigh the se­ri­ous con­se­quences for our coun­try in­clud­ing the de­mor­al­iza­tion of the civil ser­vice.

There­fore, in keep­ing with the sa­cred re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Op­po­si­tion Party, the op­po­si­tion party wants the re­in­state­ment of the of­fi­cers while a trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tion process by the RCSC is be­ing con­ducted.

How­ever the gov­ern­ment prefers a di­rect let­ter, which would have been most ap­pro­pri­ate an­dan pro­duc­tive and the govern­men­tgo would have beenbe happy to re­spond. TheTh gov­ern­ment claims thattha the due process that the Op­po­si­tion Party re­ferre­dref to in their press re­leaserel has been duly fol­lowed­low in keep­ing with the pro­vi­sion­spro of the Con­sti­tu­tion,tut the Civil Ser­vice Act,Ac the BCSR and other legal­leg in­stru­ments.

Ac­cordingA to the press re­leaserel from the Prime Min­is­ter’sMi of­fice the govern­men­tgo would like to re­it­er­ate that its de­ci­sion­sio was reached after care­ful­ly­car and thor­oughly con­sid­er­ing­con all the facts of the case. The points thattha the Op­po­si­tion Party hasha raised have all been ad­e­quatelyad con­sid­ered in the Lhengye Zhungt­shog.

“The gov­ern­ment is veryver con­cerned that the Op­po­si­tionOp Party has cho­sench to in­cite fear in the civil ser­vice in­stead of pro­vid­ing con­struc­tive views.vie The sanc­tity of the civil­civ ser­vice is pro­tected by the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Civil Ser­vice Act and BCSR. More im­por­tantly, this sanc­tity is guar­an­teed by none other than His Majesty the King. We ap­peal to the Op­po­si­tion Party to re­frain from sow­ing dis­cord and in­cit­ing fear in our civil ser­vice. The gov­ern­ment strongly ob­jects to the Op­po­si­tion Party’s at­tempt to mis­lead the pub­lic into be­liev­ing that the sur­ren­der of the Sec­re­taries was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. “states the press re­lease.

The gov­ern­ment hav­ing handed over the case to RCSC has full faith that the Com­mis­sion will dis­charge its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties dili­gently, with­out fear or favour, and keep­ing the larger in­ter­est of the coun­try and the peo­ple in mind.

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