The bright light at the tunnel’s end

The Royal Civil Service Commission’s recent drive to weed-out incompetent government employees, starting from the highest rung that includes the likes of govt. secretaries and directors who were once seen as bureaucratically authoritative and anchored to their posts, has come as a much-needed reform that has sent waves of caution among civil servants at all stratums.

With the initiative, it has now become plausible that no matter how high one is posted in the civil service ladder, individuals will still be scrutinized and incompetent ones shown the door. It is said that the ongoing leadership assessment has awakened a lot of senior civil servants from their deep slumber – who once thought that they would enjoy all the perks and authority even if they failed to deliver or go on long paid holidays even if it upset their official duties.

It is now expected that, with the ongoing reforms, our civil service will become more dynamic with lesser rooms for incidences of corruption and red-tapism that has been a scourge in our society, and for too long. Incidences of bosses and employees taking wee breaks in between their working hours to reach their kids to schools, while claiming huge amounts and monetary allowances on table-tours and fake-claims will definitely reduce.

These developments, while it should have happened a long time back, will definitely rekindle and influence a lot of civil servants who were sidelined despite providing the best to the nation’s interests – and that led to a lot of them resigning from service in the hope of finding better opportunities draining our valuable human resource base.

It is now evident that the job of a government employee – viewed as the cream among all other professions in the country – will demand commensurate level of hard work, enthusiasm and sacrifice which will go a long way in ensuring a robust administrative system that the nation has been pursuing of for decades.

These reforms will also have a chain of effects on the corporate and private sector employees who would be inspired, rather compelled, to perform even better if they were to stay afloat and at par with their government counterparts because there would be no room for complacencies as the number of competent and qualified professionals increase by the years.

Their Majesties the Fourth and the Fifth Druk Gyalpos always envisioned a Bhutan which is led by competent leaders and even more competent citizens who would shoulder and share the burden of our development and progress. And with these reforms in place, the common man now feels obliged to work even harder to achieve our common aspirations, because we now know that hard work and efficiency will be rewarded while passivity and malfeasance will be snubbed.

The light at end of the tunnel now feels much brighter and achievable.