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