A continuing saga

“A week after the National Assembly approved the civil servant pay hike, the cabinet has revised the scarcity allowance system for teachers and doctors…” ran Kuensel’s main story yesterday (read article).

The cabinet’s decision will bring a little relief to a few civil servants. But it will be a source of growing anxiety to many more. The message, after all, is that the pay revision can still be negotiated; that it is not final.

As a matter of fact, the pay revision has been finalized. It has been debated in parliament. And it has been approved by the National Assembly. Any modifications made to it now will amount to overriding the National Assembly’s resolutions. And that would be illegal.

So if the approved pay revision package must, for whatever reason, be modified, do it during parliament’s next session. And, if needed, propose to apply the modifications retroactively.

Otherwise we risk ignoring the democratic process. And undermining the authority of the legislature.


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  1. why should parliament discuss civil service salary in the first place?
    leave that to some independent apolitical body which knows about civil service and of course, which has knowledge of financial situation of the country

  2. I am not well versed with the constitutional procedures and authority of the cabinet, so i don’t know for sure if it is a breach of procedures. Common Sense does seem to suggest that NA is supreme and any modification of the the resolution of the NA has to be endorsed by the NA.

    Along the similar lines of bypassing rules and procedures is the way in which many directorial posts have been filled by direct appointment. Does the PCS not require that such posts be filled through open competition?

    undeniably, there are many flaws in the PCS system, but there is good to this system too, one of which is ensuring equity and justice.

  3. Not to let the OL mislead his few hardcore followers, here is the relevant provision of the Constitution on Pay Commission.
    Article 30.3. The recommendations of the Commission shall be implemented only on the APPROVAL of the Lhengye Zhungtshog and subject to such conditions and modifications as MAY BE made by Parliament.
    This implies that the Cabinet is the approving authority and not Parliament.
    By the way, OL, what is your constitutional status? Your party members (member) do not seem to thin that you are that hot after all if what BT reported was true. When are you going to have your General Assembly?

  4. Dear Lyenpo,

    I enjoy reading your articles and it’s nice to see that you update it daily. Cheers and Keep posting!

  5. In that sense I think Lhengye Zhungtshog function as an approving authority and doesn’t have modifying authority. What you all say? enlight us

  6. You have to make it known by the Public through BBS media. It is your responsibility to assit the people know about the wrong doings of the rulling government. Cheers

  7. hi,

    its me first tame here. Its kuel to a minister blogger.

    Hey, how about the *Security Clearance Issue for the people of southern Bhutan*

    do you have anything in mind??

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