Orderly system in RBP discussed in the National Assembly
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.