Governance sans Transparency
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.