Govt cannot stop civil servants dollar rush to Australia: PM

A journalist, during the 17th Meet-the-Press session, asked the Prime minister on the plans and polices to retain professional government servants as many of them are moving to Australia to work in fields not relevant to them. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said that the government cannot stop people from moving to Australia as they have the right leave.

Lyonchhen said that the government has increased the salary scale of the government employees and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has recently done Organizational Development (OD) exercise to retain government employees. According to RCSC, the purpose of the OD exercise is to review the existing structures and positions vis-à-vis the objectives of the organizations and strengthen the human resource.

Lyonchhen said that the people working abroad gain work experience, especially blue collar job experience. He said the workers also have an opportunity to save money to construct house, or buy land, or start their own business once they get back home. “This will help our country to develop and it is good for our country.”

Lyonchhen said that if there is an opportunity for people to work abroad, then they should grab the opportunity. Lyonchhen also added that people should work in accordance to the laws of the foreign countries.

When asked about the recent news on fake Australian work visas issued by a phony Australian visa agent, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said the government is aware of the situation. He said that the first thing to do when such incidences occur is to approach court. He said the government will try to do its best and use its ambassador and the foreign ministry to try and track the fraudulent people, and also try to see how the victims of the scam can get compensation.

“The rule of law must prevail, and whatever we do, we have to try to do in accordance with the provision of our Constitution and other law of the country,” Lyonchhen said.


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