The new government
The ruling party has finally released the name of the ministerial candidates, who will steer the government for next five years. Despite speculation of who will get what has been finally settled. The ministers seem exclusive and with the mixture of age, experience and qualification, the team must work towards the paradigm shift in the development activities as what the ruling party has been campaigning so far.
With the ministers as young as 32 years, they definitely need the guidance of the senior bureaucrats for a period not less than a year in order to gain experience in the respective ministry. In order to do so the civil servants must shift their loyalty from one party to another and work together with the representatives of the political parties. This is one of the reasons why all the civil servants are required to be apolitical.
However it is not easier said than done with so much power vested upon the civil servants, it may be difficult to change it over night. There are instances where the minister approves a particular plan and the senior bureaucrats in the government hierarchy disapprove the plan. This makes so difficult for the government ministers to function as it is the bureaucrats who decide everything at the end of the day.
Now with the third elected government in place and with the shift in the development paradigm, the civil servants must know that they are doing their job and not doing any favor to the Bhutanese society. They are paid for doing that job and the Bhutanese civil servants must change their mind set.
The civil service has been always applauded for being small and efficient even since its inception and any change in the ongoing operational system must bring about more faster and reliable service to our Bhutanese society. Hopefully the new government will strive towards bring about fundamental change in the mindset of our civil servants.
With the mixture of experience and qualification in the new ministers, they must pave a way and bring about changes in the civil service for the betterment of our people.
The other challenge with the new government seems the lack of experience amongst the new cabinet ministers which may hamper the implementation of the 12th Five Year Plan which has been already delayed by six months. The new government must immediately start the implementation of the above plan.
As the new government takes the office this week, we look forward for a new political system that serves the people and not themselves.
In the pursuit of narrowing the gap, the country and the people must come first at all times for our future well being and everlasting peace.