Or­derly sys­tem in RBP dis­cussed in the Na­tional As­sem­bly

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

D uring the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the Par­lia­ment last Fri­day, on be­half of the Mem­ber from Dremetse-Ngat­sang con­stituency, the Mem­ber from Radhi-Sak­teng con­stituency MP Jigme Wangchuk ques­tioned on the sta­tus of do­ing away with the sys­tem of or­derly in the Royal Bhutan Po­lice (RBP) as re­solved dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tion on the Royal Bhutan Po­lice Bill in 2009.

In re­spond­ing to the ques­tions, Min­is­ter for Home and Cul­tural Af- fairs, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji said that he is even con­cerned with this is­sues and have worked on the is­sues with the po­lice of­fi­cials for many times. It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand that in the year 2009 when the Royal Bhutan Po­lice bill was passed and ac­cord­ing to the sec­tion 166 of the law when it comes to po­lice en­ti­tle­ments it will be in line with en­ti­tle­ments of Royal Body Guard (RBG) and Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) per­son­nel.

To­day in the coun­try there are 4258 po­lice and 183 of­fi­cers which cov­ers the whole na­tion and it is very less that’s why as per the po­lice sys­tem if we put in or­derly for po­lice it will af­fect the pop­u­la­tion. But still if we look at the num­bers of po­lice per­son­nel it is very less, said the Ly­onpo.

Be­sides that, Ly­onpo also added that as per the Royal Bhutan Po­lice Act, the en­ti­tle­ments of the po­lice per­son­nel shall be sim­i­lar to that of en­ti­tle­ments for the per­son­nel of the Royal Body Guard (RBG) and the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA). He fur­ther in­formed that since the or­derly sys­tem con­tin­ues to pre­vail in RBA and RBG, it was not dis­con­tin­ued with the RBP as well.

Ly­onpo added that if we have to dis­con­tinue with or­derly sys­tem we have to pay at least Nu. 5,000 as com­pen­sa­tion but it will not be enough. If we dis­con­tinue or­derly sys­tem we have to put in work­ers and there are not many peo­ple will­ing to work at wage of Nu. 5, 000 per month.

How­ever, Ly­onpo also said that cur­rently only one or­derly was as­signed to of­fi­cers above the rank of Lt. Colonel in the RBP against the pre­vi­ous en­ti­tle­ment of two with mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion be­ing paid in lieu of one or­derly so that’s why we have been able to de­crease the num­ber of or­derly.

In the present sit­u­a­tion if we im­me­di­ately dis­con­tinue with or­derly sys­tem it will not be con­ve­nient for the po­lice of­fi­cer. So it is dif­fi­cult to work im­me­di­ately and if the or­derly sys­tem was im­me­di­ately dis­con­tin­ued in RBP, civil­ians would be re­quired to be em­ployed for the job which may com­pro­mise the se­cu­rity of po­lice can­ton­ments, Ly­onpo added.

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