The Government disappointed as Opposition uses media as medium of communication
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.
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“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.