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Pro­tect Civil Ser­vants from “Un­con­sti­tu­tional” politi­ciza­tion: DNT

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa would like to in­form the Gov­ern­ment about the re­cent in­ci­dent of one of its cab­i­net min­is­ters’ of­fi­cials Face­book page politi­ciz­ing serv­ing apo­lit­i­cal civil ser­vants, which is “un­con­sti­tu­tional” as per Ar­ti­cle 26, Sec­tion 1 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of the Bhutan. We would also like to bring to the no­tice of the Royal Civil ser­vice Com­mis­sion that a cou­ple of serv­ing apo­lit­i­cal civil Ser­vants have been made to make “un­law­ful” po­lit­i­cal com­ments by the gov­ern­ment breach­ing a num­ber of pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Civil Ser­vice Act of Bhutan 2010, and the BCSR 2012 as well as taint­ing then “Po­lit­i­cal “im­age of the RCSC and all Civil Ser­vants un­der the RCSC who are serv­ing du­ti­fully as per the Civil Ser­vice Code of Con­duct and Ethics. We have con­sciously and re­spect­fully re­strained and re­frained from re­ply­ing to the po­lit­i­cal state­ments pub­licly made, know­ing that civil ser­vants are apo­lit­i­cal and re­ply­ing to them di­rectly would harm their “apo­lit­i­cal” sta­tus. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, as an of­fi­cially reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal party, is bound by the po­lit­i­cal du­ties en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Elec­tion Act 2008, and Po­lit­i­cal Party Rules 2012. For ex­am­ple, Sec­tion 136 (d) of the Elec­tion Act 2008 re­quires that DNT, as a reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal party, be “com­mit­ted to the gov­ern­ment of democ­racy and the so­cial, cul­ture, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic growth of Bhutan.” In ex­er­cis­ing our man­dated du­ties of ad­vanc­ing “democ­racy” and in pro­vid­ing “choices based on the val­ues and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple for re­spon­si­ble and good gov­er­nance” as en­shrined in Ar­ti­cle 15, Sec­tion 1 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, we have cri­tiqued the Gov­ern­ment about, in our view, their mis­placed pri­or­ity, wrong al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources, and at­ten­tion dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween Cen­tral Schools and Un-Cen­tral Schools. How­ever, we have con­fined our” com­ments to poli­cies and pro­grammes” of the gov­ern­ment as guided by Sec­tion 11.20 of Po­lit­i­cal Party Rules 2012. We have only raised this is­sue of cit­i­zens’ con­cerns, as our man­dated duty, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Ar­ti­cle 9, Sec­tion 7 of the Con­sti­tu­tion to “pro­mote eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of the pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties among the in­di­vid­ual and peo­ple liv­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of the King­dom.” We have high­lighted in­equitable dis­tri­bu­tion of pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources be­tween Cen­tral Schools and re­mote Un-Cen­tral Schools. In adding so, we have il­lus­trated Pu­nakha Cen­tral School as an ex­am­ple of Cen­tral Schools jux­ta­pos­ing with Rangtse Pri­mary School an as ex­am­ple of Un-Cen­tral Schools. We have be­lieve that re­mote schools such as Rangtse Pri­mary School should get, if not more, at least eq­ui­table pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources, with pri­or­ity, to achieve their full po­ten­tials. These are only ex­am­ples and could have been many Cen­tral School and Un-Cen­tral School. The main pol­icy is­sue is about in­equitable dis­tri­bu­tion of pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources be­tween Cen­tral Schools and Un-cen­tral schools. There­fore, we would like to humbly re­quest the gen­eral pub­lic to un­der­stand that just as the civil ser­vants have man­dated “apo­lit­i­cal” du­ties to” im­ple­ment” the poli­cies and pro­grammes of gov­ern­ment, the po­lit­i­cal par­tied have man­dated “po­lit­i­cal” du­ties to “cri­tique” the poli­cies and pro­grammes of gov­ern­ment. The Con­sti­tu­tion de­sires that civil ser­vants do not fall into sub­or­di­na­tion of the Gov­ern­ment of the day and po­lit­i­cal par­ties re­main silent and apo­lit­i­cal like civil ser­vants with­out crit­i­cal en­gage­ment. We all must put our na­tional in­ter­est first and bear true faith and al­le­giance to the Con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of Bhutan”

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