RCSC reforms to boast the moral of the civil servants
The Royal Civil Service Commission initiated five broad reform areas since April 2014 with the aspiration to take the civil service from ‘Good to ‘Great’. Bhutan Civil Service system (BCSS ) is one such reform undertaken to attract, retain and motivate civil servants to achieve the objective of shaping and leading a unified, apolitical, meritorious and professional civil service.
Following nationwide consultations, the major problems affecting civil servants in the supervisory & support (S&S) category who are crucial for delivering public services were the stagnation as movement to P5, P4 and P3 is based on entry and qualification even though experience matters in these positions. Limited career movement for civil servants entering at S2 & S1 leading to long number of years in the same position level since P3 is the highest position level they can move up to . This has resulted in low morale and motivation; and overlapping position levels (P5, P4 &P3) between S&S and professional & management (P&M) category, thus creating confusion in the Bhutan Civil Service System and complicating HR actors and management.
Therefore, in order to address these issues, the Royal Civil Service Commission as part of the Bhutan Civil Service System reform has extended the current career progression with effect from 1st March 2016. The reform is aimed to facilitate smooth career movement and delineate a clear career path across all position categories by adding new concept of Senior Supervisor (SS2 to SS4) which shall replace the overlapping position level of P3,P4 & P5, additional career advancement up to SS1 equivalent to P2 is provided for every civil servants in S&S category; and smooth career movement up to SS1 irrespective of thre entry and qualification is approved with increase in promotion duration to five years for promotion from S1 to SS4 and above.
With the reform, as of 1st July 2016, 203 civil servants who are currently stagnated at S1, P5, P4 & P3 shall be promoted subject to fulfilling all promotion criteria. This will benefit approxi- mately 12,000 civil servants presently serving in position level of S5 to P3 who otherwise would be stagnated.
Further, the civil servants who have entered in S&S category and have progressed to P&M cat- egory (P5, P4 & P3) will be remapped to SS4, SS3 & SS2. However, the remapping will exclude Civil servants who by vested Eight principle were placed in Officer Positions during Position Classification System.