Gov­er­nance sans Trans­parency

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - S. V. Nam­gyel, Thimpu, Bhutan.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cor­rup­tion Barom­e­ter Sur­vey (NCBS)

by the Bhutan Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive (BTI), Bhutan is suf­fer­ing from dif­fer­ent forms of large-scale cor­rup­tion, par­tic­u­larly at the gov­ern­ment level. As per the NCBS re­port, nepo­tism and favouritism is be­com­ing quite a stan­dard prac­tice dur­ing the re­cruit­ment process of gov­ern­ment jobs, while most em­ploy­ees get pro­mo­tions or are trans­ferred to far-flung ar­eas of the coun­try mainly on the ba­sis of their po­lit­i­cal be­liefs and af­fil­i­a­tions. In pub­lic or­gan­i­sa­tions, de­ci­sions are de­lib­er­ately de­layed to serve the vested in­ter­ests of ex­ist­ing power groups that make the most of pub­lic funds and fa­cil­i­ties that are oth­er­wise meant for pub­lic use only. Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, lack of ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, poor lead­er­ship, an in­ad­e­quate ac­count­abil­ity mech­a­nism and the lack of trans­parency are the other lead­ing fac­tors that con­trib­ute to in­creas­ing cor­rup­tion in the land. For a coun­try like Bhutan, the sit­u­a­tion is alarm­ing and the gov­ern­ment should look into the mat­ter im­me­di­ately.

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