The change was initiated to address issues of stagnation and overlapping position levels
About 11,248 civil servants are expected to benefit from the reform initiated in the Supervisory and Support category (SSC), Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Chairperson, Dasho Karma Tshiteem said.
Dasho Karma Tshiteem said the reform on career progression was initiated to address the longstanding grievances of stagnation faced by a large majority of civil servants in the SSC category as well as to replace the overlapping position levels.
The revision has new positions of Senior Supervisor (SS2 to SS4) as replacement for overlapping position levels of P3, P4 and P5. Those in the S &S category can now advance in their career up to SS1 level, which is equivalent to P2.
The reform, which came into effect from March 2016 despite grievances from some civil servants in this group, has remapped those civil servants in the SS category from P (P5, P4 and P3) to the new SS (SS4, SS3 and SS2) category.
Dasho Karma Tshiteem said, they were remapped from “P5-P3” to equivalent levels of “SS4 –SS2”.
“Before the reform, the career movement of SSC was based on entry level and qualification for further up gradation to move up to a certain level,” the chairperson said. “About 7,429 civil servants could go up to S1/P5 but now it will be different because all SSC civil servants would have a smooth career movement up to SS1.”
He clarified that this reform ensures that no civil servants in the SSC who have obtained a bachelors degree was affected. According to RCSC, civil servants in this group had to earlier pass the civil service examination to upgrade their position to P level
Records with the RCSC show that a total of 1,118 SSC in-service sat for the civil service examination, of which, 417 were selected while the remaining 718 are still in SSC.
Earlier, SSC civil servants including those with Bachelors degrees but who hadn’t passed the BCSE were in the P levels. A human resource audit found that these civil servants were in the career path of SSC but with P3, as the maximum position level in their career.
“This created confusion because one was at P4 who was a graduate and came through PGDPA while the other was from SSC,” the chairperson said. “Because of this overlapping position, it was creating unnecessary confusion for the administration where we actually had to revoke some promotions.”
It is for this reason that the RCSC in the reform has remapped the career ladder for SSC civil servants in comparable position levels of SS4/SS3/SS2 and with the benefit of being able to upgrade to SS1 level, which is equivalent to P2 in terms of benefits.
Dasho Karma Tshiteem said RCSC has increased the promotion duration to five years to go from S1 to SS4 and above. “This was to balance the system because ultimately what we need to see is whoever is working at whatever position is getting P level benefit and allowance comparable to what you would get elsewhere,” the chairperson said. “If we keep the duration at four years, then it would have been too generous.”
The chairperson said this was an advantage for the SSC group because the higher pay at the end of their career will translate into significantly enhanced retirement benefits, such as gratuity and pension.
A total of 1,944 civil servants have benefitted from this reform of which, 1,514 are teachers.
The RCSC has also put existing civil servants who had entered through eligibility certificate remapped as P5B since they were also on the same career path as BCSE selects.
The commission has already done away issuing eligibility certificate since 2014 and all recruitment into the PMC are through BCSE
For the reforms, the commission, over a period of seven months consulted more than 2,000 civil servants of whom more than 1,200 were from the SSC and operational category in 19 dzongkhags. Separate consultation was also held with civil servants in the SSC.
Yangchen C Rinzin