I’m impressed at the government’s readiness to abide by the law. Bhutan Today (whose website has been woefully inadequate) had recently reported that:
The prime minister has ordered the information and communication ministry to pay about Nu 2.3 million in penalty for not following the environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedures in the construction of the Bathpalathang airstrip in Bumthang.
But I’m not impressed at the prime minister’s cavalier disregard for the basic principles of accountability when he added that:
… the fine will have to be levied even if it means paying from one pocket to another.
I wonder what the Royal Audit Authority will have to say to that.
Incidentally, last week, in Bumthang, I visited the Bathpalathang airstrip site. The construction there seems to have already resumed. I am impressed.