Conflicting news

How is it that one week the government calls McKinsey’s Accelerating Bhutan’s Socioeconomic Development project “A success story”, and the next week the government has used our foreign currency reserves to “rescue Bhutan from rupee crisis”?

Why would our economy need to be bailed out by using our hard earned foreign exchange reserves if the McKinsey project really was “…an initiative that created 14,000 new jobs in two years, helped tourist arrival cross the magical 50,000 figure, and will save the government Nu 360mn within its tenure, among numerous other benefits” ?


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  1. McKinsey took US $ 9 million …. and what success is there the rupee crunch ….

    and i would like to get some copies of the McKinsey reports … are the reports a TOP secret document or what … PUBLIC resources so public should have access to the reports …

    I would like to request Hon’ble Lyonpo to ask this question on behalf of us … “We at-least need to see the reports of the McKinsey”


  2. Mckinsey’s report messed up Bhutanese economic policy. I guess they plucked their datas from the clouds while researching and preparing their reports on Bhutan. For how long did they study Bhutan? One year? Two years? Three Years?? Not enough time to understand bhutan and bhutanese people leave alone impacts of volatile indian economis on bhutan.

    No wonder we are loosing hard earned foreign reserves.

  3. Sonam penjor says

    Some one really need to intervene this government in their functioning. No one knows what was the deal between the govt and so called Mckinsey, all that we know is that our leaders need a consultant even to run the Govt. Every where, consultants are hired just to display and do what our native citizens can do.After going through the article in the paper on Mckinsey’s contribution, it even sound that Mckinsey was behind all the works in Bhutan. If Mckinsey was required to manage and plan the developments of our nation, then what is the use of having this elected bunch of leaders. Do we really need them or is it just the formalities.
    Truth to be shared to the readers of this blog, we need no consultant for any happenings of this nation. We can work alot better than consultant and paying them 9 Million USD is hell lot of amount.

    Personal view, something hard is ahead of us, and we see no exception.

  4. Sonam Penjor, I do not exactly buy this one-sided viewpoint of yours! While I have no comments on the reasonability aspect of the Mckinsey’s fee part, however, I applaud this well intended move of the government in having at least attempted to solving this ‘public service delivery debacle’ as one of their top priorities in the engagement of an outsider as a watch -over agency – in this case of course it happened to be the Mckinsey.

    In your clear state of mind, did it ever occur to you why the government in the first place resorted to this Mission Mckinsey?

    It shows that our top bureaucrats who otherwise were entrusted into ensuring smooth flow of the public service delivery system are themselves in the state of deep imbroglio and as such have become a bunch of ruthlessly hardened Dashos in the civil service caring exclusively only about their self gratification concerns.

    In such a scenario what would you have done as a nation loving critic or for that matter a well meaning opposition leaning columnist’s view would have been if confronted with such a challenge?

    Would you still have banked all your hopes in our present Dasho Directors and Secretaries on whom this ‘spoilt power disease’ got the better part of them resulting into completely blinding their moves in seeing things straight in its true nature. And, gone ahead in the same status-quo fashion as though nothing happened kind of mentality OR thought of some corrective measures?

    The fact that the government in acknowledgement of this cardinal problem which otherwise has been plaguing the whole civil service‘s growth per se can be construed as an achievement in itself.

    If we want to proceed ahead as a progressive nation, the deep-seated setback which would merit addressing immediately should be in the rooting out mission of spoilt Directors and Secretaries – the top bureaucrats.

    Unless, this is done with an iron fist concentration, no amount of system fine tuning exercises would yield a worthwhile result.

    Had these top bureaucrats discharged their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication with exclusively people centric feelings at heart, then, by now, this need of engaging the external agency as a “class monitor kind of affairs” would have not arisen in the first place which resulted the national exchequer in having to pay such a whooping fee of 9 million USD?

    Therefore, the crux of the matter here is not on nitpicking on every good intended activities of the government, but, however, in being a meaningful partner in the nation building exercise by lending the opposition supports while endorsing some critical fault lines in our system so that we have a better nation in the offing by way of a gift to present to our future citizens.

    The OL’s article on the Rupee Crises, I think, is a good article in the right direction. In the similar vein, it would make an interesting reading if he could also write something on the people’s concern as harbored against the conduct of some of our weather hardened top bureaucrats.

    Up till now, I noticed OL maintainng a tight lipped stance on the subject. Hope he breaks this deafening silence and scores a point in the process.

  5. I am happy to hear about some transfers of Secretaries in the yesterday’s BBS news. Please keep it up RCSC!

    But, do not limit the transfers only to these few persons alone.

    A mass reshuffle of people at the top bureaucrats level is a must and therefore, given the RCSC’s highest priority.

    We look forward into hearing them soon.

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