Breaking: The Opposition Party has asked the government to reinstate the three secretaries – that the government “surrendered” and the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) recently announced they would reassign – to their original posts, in a statement issued today.
The Opposition also called for the Lhengye Zhungtshog to be held accountable for violation of the due process and the provisions of the Constitution, the Civil Service Act, and the Bhutan Civil Service Rules.
The Opposition pointed out that the Economic Affairs Minister, Norbu Wangchuk, also be held accountable for negligence as a cabinet minister to coordinate within his ministry and the Lhengye Zhungtshog.
The Opposition also alleges the minister of “wilfully distorting information and misleading the nation on national TV” on December 12, where he “vehemently denied any knowledge of the course of action taken by the secretaries.” The Opposition adds that such an act is tantamount to violation of the minimum ethical code expected of a member of the Lhengye Zhungtsho to tell the truth.
The Opposition also calls for the National Council, as an apolitical house of review to consider reviewing the matter, and for the RCSC to take “appropriate action” for its civil servants being defamed as per section 92 of the Civil Service Act.
The RCSC, following more than month’s investigation, found that the three government secretaries had acted in good faith on the ENERTIA allegations despite procedural lapses and poor judgement.
The commission decided to reassign the cabinet secretary, Dasho Penden Wangchuk, the economic affairs secretary Dasho Sonam Tshering and the foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji.