Section 10.2

The Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations 2006, commonly known as BCSR 2006, consists of 21 Chapters spread over 223 pages. It can be downloaded from the RCSC website.

Read it.

Now identify the most important provision in the document.

Civil servants would probably point to Section 10.2 on page 200 of the BCSR. Section 10.2 states that: “Only one penalty shall be imposed in each case.”

Why should Section 10.2 be so important? Because it protects civil servants from undue and excessive administrative authority.

When civil servants transgress – when they are undisciplined, when they do not perform, when they abuse their power and authority, when they are corrupt – they must be punished. But having been punished for an offense, they must know that that same offense will not be repeatedly investigated and that they will not be subject to additional penalties.

Cases against civil servants must be thoroughly investigated and administrative penalties fully imposed. But after that, the matter should be firmly closed. Otherwise, we risk exposing civil servants to all types of unpredictable and arbitrary harassment.

That’s why Section 10.2 of the BCSR is important. And that’s why Section 10.2 must be protected.

So I called on the Chairman of the Royal Civil Service Commission yesterday. And I requested the Commission to reconsider their decision to terminate (without retirement benefits) the services of seven education officials. All seven of them had already been served multiple administrative penalties, so the decision to terminate them would amount to a blatant violation of Section 10.2.

In Parliament, I had asked the Education Minister:How has the Ministry of Education sought to redress this possible injustice against the Education personnel?”

And he had replied: “the case is not yet over”.

But it has already been about nine months since the seven officials lost their jobs. And lost their retirement benefits. In spite of Section 10.2

 

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  1. Dear OL,
    I am not commenting on the section 10.2 of the BCSR 2006, but it is rather on three very important issues– at least to me:

    1. lifting the land holding celing above 25 acres: on this issue i tried to seek your opinion but you have not made any comments. Do you still have opinion on this, because this issue is too important to be ignored. Land holding issue will make or break our society and as a public figure your stand on the issue is too important for people to judge you.

    2. On tourism issue– here again i am not sure where you stand. Do you agree with recent government decision to do away with 200 dollars per day tourism?

    3. On FDI– I am totally against large scale FDI and occupation of Bhutanese soil by foreign companies? What is your stand on FDI and how RGOB should handle it?

    4. What do you think about Bhutan joining WTO? Is it good for Bhutan in general and in particular for Bhutanese agricultural export?.

    You are kindly requested to make your honest opinion on above issues.

    Cheers

  2. Wai Tosa Thinlay – don’t digress. Let’s thrash this issue first. Write to OL about your issues separately. While issues you raise are important, the issue in this context merits discussion separately.

  3. Raj B. Chhetri says:

    Thakur Singh has always been a real politician and now he is learning at the highest level under the tulelage of JYT.

  4. Wai, tosagi! Please take this up with RCSC and don’t blame Lyonpo Thakur for this injustice. He tried his best at every level but without success as the government appears to be powerless when it comes to the unconstituional actions of these so called constitutional bodies like RCSC, ACC, Judiciary etc.

  5. There are certain acts that cannot be justified in anyway. There are bodies that have been given the authority to interpret those rules and implement them. If they have done thier duties, then we should know that certain acts deserve due effects and cannot be justified.

    Our duties at best can be to see that these bodies do perform.

    Where would one employ the people you cannot trust and have been more than amply proven to be a disgrace? What kind of message would one send for having those people work for your despite thier deeds? Would it say that certain standard can be compromised?

  6. I think in Bhutan rules are just made to suit the rich and powerful. Likewise the BCSR is also a show piece and is not really a guiding framework. It doesn’t apply to the rich and powerful. It only applies to people who can be bullied. I for one is so sick of the system and have lost total faith in it. It is sad that the counrty I loved and would have died for is no longer deserving of such respect. Therefore, I have abandoned it. This is all because of those people …….

  7. To Khendum: People who abandon are cause of all the woes you mention if there is any as you make out. My country Bhutan is the most beautiful, the most progressive and full of good people with great leaders and greater rules. I will die and kill for this land. Come see through my eyes.

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