Question on U-turn by RBP on orderly 

Radhi-Sakteng MP Jigme Wangchuk said given the education level of the police personal, it has become embarrassing to work as an orderly in the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP).

He reminded the house that it was agreed during the deliberation of the RBP bill in 2009 that the orderly system has to be done away with and monetary compensation be paid in lieu of it.

He asked Home minister the status on the issue, during the National Assembly question hour session yesterday.

Home Minister, Damcho Dorji said, “I am even concerned with this issue and I have worked on the issue with the police officials many times.” He said it is important to understand that in 2009 when the Royal Bhutan Police bill was passed section 166 of the law said when it comes to police entitlements it will be in line with entitlements of armed forces.

He said that in the country today there are 4,258 police personnel and 183 officers which covers the whole nation. He said, “It is very less and that’s why if we put in the orderly for police as per the police rules and regulation, it will affect the population.”

Lyonpo said that looking at the numbers of police officers in the country, there is no need for more orderlies. He also said that the police entitlement is in line with entitlements for armed forces where the orderly system is still in practice.

He said that if the government is to discontinue the orderly system the government would have to at least pay Nu 5,000 as compensation but he said even this will not be enough as there are not many people willing to work at the wage of  Nu 5000.

Lyonpo said that if the orderly system is immediately discontinued it will not be convenient to the police officers.

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