The decision of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) to weed-out incompetent civil servants at the leadership and executive rung has sent alarm bells ringing among government employees and observers alike.
The RCSC, while being unrelenting in their pursuit, has subtly ‘managed out’ this so-called group of incompetent leaders who have been adjudged, after numerous rounds of probing and cross-examinations, to be not-so-capable of holding on to their leadership reigns. In harsher lingos they have been simply graded inproficient and hence booted-out of the system.
This sweeping-out operation, or leadership assessment exercise as the commission deftly puts it, comes in the wake of a major shake-up required in our civil service which has been seen as degrading over time. The rising incidences of red tapism, bureaucratic hard knocks and corruption, which has been the biggest impediment to our development, is reason enough to laud that such an action to cleanse our civil service was long overdue.
Today, our audit reports are filled with incidences of fraud, extortions and wrong-doings that run into hundreds of pages and cost the state coffers in billions. However, little or no actions are taken to reprimand or make these shady individuals answerable for their misdeeds. So year after year the sorry state of affairs has continued unabated and much to the ire of the silent law-abiding and persevering individuals who gets demotivated and leave abroad seeking greener pastures or, at the worst, slowly gets sucked into the vicious “we-don’t-care” cycle.
As stated by His Majesty the King, our system deserve that much-needed boost, both in our thoughts and actions, if we were to achieve our collective dreams of prosperity and leaving a lasting legacy for our future generations. The ongoing leadership assessment exercise is seen as one such initiative to imbibe these values in our working class attitudes that performers will be rewarded while incapable ones must make way for better.
While the managed out executives should not be seen in a similar light as to term them solely incapable or corrupt, the larger national picture to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions and further breed a new generation of leaders who will be capable to lead us into becoming the most efficient organizations should be held sacred.
The nation takes credence that they have served us well and that they have played their part mandated of them. However, it is time we lay the foundations of a strong working culture that is hinged on achieving our collective national goals and aspirations, and that time is now.
Bhutan is what we will make of it. We cannot afford to falter in playing our roles no matter how insignificant it may seem.