CDG concerns

Earlier this year, while many of us expressed concerns over the legality of the Constituency Development Grant, the Gelephu MP had decided to use the grant to provide free boat services to passengers crossing the Mao Khola. “We are not supposed to use the CDG for recurring expenses. But considering this case to be important and for the good of the people I have put up the proposal,” he had said.

The CDG was used to ferry passengers across the Mao Khola. Yet, no one has questioned the use of a “development” grant for “recurrent” expenses. Not so far, at least. But, our government will continue to draw criticism for the CDG. Bhutan Today, for instance, has pointed out that the CDG is meant for “development activities in the constituency” and that there must be “issues and areas of development” that should have been prioritized ahead of the free ferry services.

And, earlier this month, the ECB had formally registered their reservations against the CDG. In a letter to the prime minister they argued that the CDG is unconstitutional as the Members of the National Assembly would be infringing on the roles of the executive and local governments; that the CDG undermines the institution of the local governments; that the CDG would constitute an Office for Profit; and that the CDG would compromise the conduct of free and fair elections in the future.

The ECB has recommended that the government “discontinue the Constituency Development Grant forthwith…” failing which “…an appropriate intervention through due process shall be initiated.”

 

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  1. Dear OL

    Great that you are still on to the matter. I have said this before – this CDG is a bad one. Nothing good will come out of it. Even DPT does not realize it but this will bring dishonor to their party over time.

    Please remind the ECB about this from time to time so that the issue is kept alive and the DPT is required to discontinue it.

  2. “We are not supposed to use the CDG for recurring expenses. But considering this case to be important and for the good of the people I have put up the proposal,”

    This is very wrong! How long will he provide the free ferry service across the ‘Khola’? What after the fund has been exhausted? Pump in more?
    I think that was a very short sighted solution. For once, I wish the honorable ones would think SUSTAINABLE!
    Build a bridge! Build a ropeway! Do whatever! But don’t waste the Government Fund in this way. This is depriving our coming generations of their Future for our own temporary needs!

    Looking at the scenario, I think the MPs are still not capable of managing a huge Fund. Please don’t let them waste the fund. There are lots we can do with it. Build roads, hospitals, schools… lots.

  3. East or West
    CDG is the best…(at least this seem to be the message)

    And, look what CDG is doing now….ferrying passenger across mao khola. Never would have mao khola gliding across the serene plains of gelephu anticipated something called ‘CDG’ to be associated with it.

    The principle is wrong. It wouldn’t help much to lament over the implementation flaws. Many more are in the pipeline…

  4. There is no easy solution to Mahokhola recurring crisis. Once I was on tour and tried to cross the river; our four wheel vehicle got stuck in the middle of river. Fortunately, it was in winter and we could virtually dragged the vehicle out of river.

    Ferrying people on makeshift boat is OK in winter, but in summer it is quite dangerious and people may easily fall over the boat in the swollen river. Building a bridge is possible but at huge expenses; and the river always shift course each year depending on the amount of rainfall. Then where is the solution??

    MP promising bridge over the river is simply day dreaming unless he/she could mobilize billions of Ngultrum; and that is not forthcoming because government has more pressing priority in other places and other areas. I do not know how much is CDG! if it is only in millions of Nu then people have to wait at least for decades before the fund (CDG) accumulates to adequate sum to built at least a long span iron rod and net bridge. But I guess, MP from that area may not spend all his CDG in one single activity; he may have other pressing activities in his constituency. But the question is:
    Is there a properly thought out guideline as to how the CDG should be used???

    Cheers

  5. The Hon’ble MP of Gelephu will be spending the well celebrated CDG for ferrying the voters over Mao/Prem Khola although the fund is not designated for such unruthful purposes. If G/phu MP can use this fund for that particular purpose, why not other MPs use it for similar purposes. There are so many Bhutanese people who cannot afford for bus services and other mode of transports. I totally agree with Dokchok Gothrip and our our govt. shouldn’t allow the Hon’ble MPs to use the fund recurrent expenses and make sure that the fund is utilised judisiously as per the prescribed norms.

  6. The Hon’ble MP of Gelephu will be spending the well celebrated CDG for ferrying the voters over Mao/Prem Khola although the fund is not designated for such unruthful purposes. If G/phu MP can use this fund for that particular purpose, why not other MPs use it for similar purposes. There are so many Bhutanese people who cannot afford for bus services and other mode of transports. I totally agree with Dokchok Gothrip and our our govt. shouldn’t allow the Hon’ble MPs to use the fund for recurrent expenses and make sure that the fund is utilised judisiously as per the prescribed norms (for developmental activities).

  7. In the first place there is no reason as to why this fund has to be released in the name of MPs. If such developmental activities are very important, we have to do it but the fund can be clubed with the budget and released as usual budget. I do not see any reason as to why public fund should be released in the name of MPs.

    Secondly, If we are to use this fund for recurring expenses then ther is a big problem. This fund could easily be misused and it clearly indicates that government is looking for long run trouble. Any ruling govt. should keep in mind that they can take certain decision as they are in power but as there is negative side of it, in the long run public will not be able to take it. I do not mean to hurt the present government but to any government that will rule the country.
    What do you all say?

  8. i don’t want anymore games….. in BHutan. I LOVE MY COUNTRY TOO MUCH..TO PLAY GAMES

  9. Tshering Lhendup says:

    The Government must throw away the EC recommendation. The EC is acting beyond its boundary defined by the constitution.

    EC’s so called recommendation/ suggestion time and again is eroding the sanctity of the Election commission.

  10. Lampenda Chuup says:

    Ahhhh….the CDG. This, in the hands of MPs will be slush funds they can use to gain an upper hand in the next elections. Aren’t MPs supposed to legislate? So, influence effective policies for your constituencies and the country. Be useful that way. Not by getting behind pork barrel funds!

  11. I repeat, at the risk of duplicating my earlier statement, that CDG is flawed in principle. Can somebody help!

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