Vice ministers?

What? The prime minister wants to call secretaries vice-ministers?

Why? Who do we want to impress?

Shouldn’t we focus on streamlining the civil service instead? Shouldn’t we be working towards making the civil service small, compact and efficient?

Where did the prime minister get this idea from anyway? Where would vice ministers draw their legal basis from? And under what legal authority would they function?

What? The RCSC is in the dark? Really?

 

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  1. All I can do right now is laugh at this too… but I bet the ruling party is thrilled with this new grand idea.. probably his way of making them happy since he is GNH guru anyway..
    We are really going backward,aren’t we? what His Majesties the Kings of Bhutan worked really hard to get to, is getting reversed…
    no media freedom, no people really representing their constituency…all they do is sit back in Thimphu and come up with strange ideas to upset people and further lose their trust in the Government.
    How am i supposed to say we are country where GNH is more important than GDP when so many things are happening against the happiness of the people..

  2. Dear OL,

    A very pertinent point of contention. As far as I understand, in a Democracy, any person of ministerial title/rank has to be voted in by the people. They are from amongst the people’s representatives (MPs). I don’t think civil servants could rise to any ministerial rank in a democracy.

    Happy lomba

  3. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    The decision to call the top echelon of civil servants by the title of Vice Ministers looks like the deliberation of inexplicable imbeciles. Call me Superman!

  4. I am just curious. When country like USA can be represented by Secretaries in any international forum, why not Bhutan?. The foreign Secretary in the States is same as Foreign Minister in any country. Why the government says that Vice-Minister post is important to represent Bhutan in the International arena? I think only China only china has Vice-Minister’s post-correct me if I am wrong.

    Cheers

  5. Wang Choo says:

    Will there be any difference a same person representing government as vice minister and as a secretary if PM really wants to represent government by secretaries? The output will not be enhanced and only a person’s self-esteem will rise and may gradually demand additional facilities and benefits from the government.
    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.” by Shakespeare.
    Instead I do strongly support on streamlining the civil service.
    The PCS has left many civil servants in chaos and unhappy in the land of GNH. The most affected are operational and supervisory level which consists of almost half of the civil service strength. http://www.rcsc.gov.bt/tmpFolder/MoG_2009_For_Web.ht, http://www.rcsc.gov.bt/tmpFolder/By_Position_Category_Web.htm . The major portion of the work is done by O and S level be it in the offices or in the field. The P level does the signing on the work done by O and S.
    A person which holds diploma certificate gets S2 A (grade 10) according to PCS are the ones who entered training after completing class XII. If that person was enrolled in school at the age of 6, by the time he gets his first and second promotion after serving 5 years and 4 years respectively his age becomes 30. Now according to PCS he is entitled to promotion only up to S1 beyond which he has to upgrade qualification. Now, he has remaining 30 years of service if he is to serve up to 55 years of age.
    Can you imagine how that person will serve for 30 years as he will not get promotion? Obviously, he will not put his best effort and not serve with his best of ability. That person do not consist of a very few numbers in civil service as mentioned above, it consist of almost half of the total strength spread across the country. Therefore, in this regard PCS has totally ignored experience which no university can provide and stress only on qualification. Can you imagine how the developmental activities will be affected because of this system which has left many unhappy and de-moralized?
    Has PCS really brought efficiency and transparency? Is it a better system than the cadre?

  6. Since the Prime Minister wants that the Secretaries in the Ministries be at the Minister’s beck and call, he (PM) apparently wants to please the Secretaries by calling them as Vice Ministers (meaning of Vice??). In fact, most of the Secretaries these days are acting like POLITICIANS and not as civil servants. If the distance is not maintained, even Secretaries called be called POLITICIANS. Designation should not matter. The IMAGE of the country is what matters.

  7. Since the Prime Minister wants that the Secretaries in the Ministries be at the Minister’s beck and call, he (PM) apparently wants to please the Secretaries by calling them as Vice Ministers (meaning of Vice??). In fact, most of the Secretaries these days are acting like POLITICIANS and not as civil servants. If the distance is not maintained, even Secretaries can be called POLITICIANS. Designation should not matter. The IMAGE of the country is what matters.

  8. Their next proposal would be giving the ruling government power to appoint Vice-ministers.
    In some countries they call it deputy minister and use it to reward party faithfuls. They appoints their friends and family to that position.
    Hopefully we don’t go that route.

  9. I agree with commentator, Thinlay here. The No. 2 rank in the United States is the “Secretary of State”. The current secretary of state is Mrs. Hillary Clinton. She represents USA in almost all the international meetings. So if she in the same of secretary (and minister) can represent such an important country as USA, why not a government secretary in Bhutan do the same thing?

    The only countries which would care about this secretary-minister hierarchy at meetings would be those poverty stricken ones with leaders, who are so obsessed with their position in society that their people live worse than dogs in developed countries.

  10. The prime minister is behaving like a one-eyed wise man in the land of blinds.

    Someone needs to gift him a copy of the Constitution. It’s sure he doesn’t have one.

  11. Pao wai! Zhu-ni min-du kho-rey. Job job ra lug-da nu mo? Da-rey nang-pa che-tho-wai poen bey-ru mang-tso ring-lug-gi gyel-khap na gu-gnok-ta du-mey… Di-wa-di ma-ni jang-dep dra-ni im-bay me-na? Gan-be-da-ru ma-tup chi-im-may.

  12. Upgrading Secretary’s to Vice Ministers for international representations in my opinion sounds really absurd, unless of course, they are to be the PM’s warriors for propagating GHH to various corners of the globe.
    My view is that our bureaucracy is getting too inflated for the size of our country. The next question will be the need for Secretary’s to attend Secretary level conferences and therefore appt.of new Secretary’s will naturally rise. Need and greed never ceases and we have to know when to stop for the greater good of our country.

  13. Why are our parliamentarian wasting time proposing unnecessary things like these.

  14. No No, keep them as Secretaries.

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