Dechen Dolkar  

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has decided to allow civil servants up to P1 and specialists to join State-owned Enterprises (SoEs) under the finance ministry on secondment.

According to the RSCS notification, the secondment will be sent for leadership positions for a maximum period of three years which is aligned with a policy of secondment as per Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations (BCSR) 2018.

The decision was made during the 153 commission meeting held on September 6. The secondment comes into effect from September 9, 2022.

According to BCSR 2018, the secondment of civil servants was sent only to time-bound government executed projects and any public service initiatives of national interest,  international or other organisations based in Bhutan or outside the country, and as principals to newly-established schools and other professionals to private tertiary educational institutes.

Officials from RCSC said that the secondment in the SoEs could provide the civil servants with the necessary exposure to different systems to acquire expertise and experiences beneficial to the civil service.

“It is also to diversify the experience and knowledge and develop an appreciation for social, cultural and economic conditions prevailing in the country,” an RCSC official said.

However, according to RCSC, in order to tap into expertise gained through such secondment programs, a civil servant upon return from secondment should serve in the civil service equal to the duration of the secondment period.

“If a civil servant fails to serve the required duration of service on completion of the secondment period, he or she will be liable to refund double the salary of the position held prior to secondment for the secondment duration,” RCSC stated.

The commission stated that as and when there is a vacancy, candidates in position levels up to P1 and specialists can apply and if selected, can go on secondment.

“The secondment stint comes with financial and service obligations.” the notification stated.