The heat is on

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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 .

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