The heat is on
The government has proposed for the change in the ministerial portfolio to His Majesty the King on the 20th July, 2015. The Prime Minister as decided by the executive committee of the ruling party has recommended for the Home and Cultural Minister to take over the charge of the Foreign Ministry.
The section 3 of the Article 17 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan states that the Druk Gyalpo shall appoint Ministers from the members of the National Assembly, on the recommendations of the Prime Minister or shall remove a Minster on the advice of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister himself has been looking after the Foreign Ministry which is considered an important Ministry considering the strategic geo – political location of our country. Considering the huge responsibility of the Prime Minister, it would be difficult for him to run the Foreign Ministry efficiently The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is mandated to enhance and maintain national security, promote world peace and security by engaging in meaningful dialogue with international community. On the economic front the Ministry plays a more crucial role with the mobilization of external resources which is quite important for our country. The Ministry also plays an important role with regard to the expansion of bilateral and international trade.
Further to make the matter worst the Ministry has been without a Minister even during the tenure of the former government for almost three years. There are two things that the government is making itself very clear. Firstly the government cannot afford to keep a very important Ministry vacant for a long time and secondly the government wants to fight corruption at all levels even at the highest level. It gives a very strong message from the government that they are committed to serve the people at any cost. Further the government is committed towards uprooting corruption at all levels.
Some of the political analysts has commended the move by the government as timely and steps like this are must to protect the image of the party.
On the other hand the people of Shomphangkha constituency who voted for their member of the parliament in 2013 just wonder who represented them in the National Assembly session held last month. Their grievances like the human wild life conflict, security and development of new Sarpang town has even reached the table of the concern minister. With the rice plantation in full swing, farmers feel the heat and discuss these issues as take a respite from the scorching heat.
With the minister being replaced, what about their member of the parliament now or is the cost they are paying for choosing the right candidate .