The new gov­ern­ment

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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