This has reference to your news article ‘RCSC says committee members stand to be terminated”, published on 13 March 2013. It is regarding the involvement of civil servants as committee members in the ongoing Gyelpozhing land allotment case.
The nation knows that people involved in the Gyelpozhingzhing case are going through difficult times, especially after the passage of the verdict by the Mongar District Court this month. The verdict was passed by a lower court, which still allows the people involved to appeal to higher courts if they want to. And this a normal judicial procedure any case of any nature would go through. That is why there are enough logical, judicial and moral reasons to term the case “ongoing”.
To substantiate the case is “ongoing”, there has been news articles in the press that those accused are appealing to higher courts.
However, to the dismay of the civil servants involved in the case, the Royal Civil Service Commission (one of the commissioners to be exact) says should the higher courts convict the accused they will be terminated.
The comment is very disturbing and unmindful. It is like ‘jumping a gun’. Since the case is ongoing the commission’s comment is utterly disgusting. It gives more pain and worry to those involved, who are already reeling under nightmares.
The least civil servants expect from RCSC as their parent organization is a bit of moral support when they are going through difficult times, at least till the case is closed. This does not mean the commission should give undue protection. But such comments do not do any good to both the accused and the commission. It rather hurts the morale of thousands of civil servants in the country.
If such is the attitude and approach of one’s parent organization, where lies the hope of support should civil servants get into inevitable problems while discharging their duties?
The RCSC’s stand on the ongoing case shows how much it cares for the people it governs. It would make a lot of sense if the commission could be silent till the case sees the end of judicial processes. Forget about being fair and supportive.
The civil servants (about 19 of them) involved in the case have been in the civil service ranging from 20-34 years. This not the best way RCSC should approach the problems civil servants face. At least don’t rub salt to injury.
A concerned civil servant