1. This is a dangerous development as most people involved in the Gyelpozhing land scam were politicians
2. I don’t buy the idea of conferring land Kidu to Cabinet. First, unconstitutionality of overriding the Royal prerogative. Second, every five years cabinet would change and Bhutan would lose, in the name of Kidu, a huge patch of land. Anything can happen with a changing cabinet, so I suggest leaving this to our beloved Monarchs. I know our Honorable members of cabinet would argue that this is the democratic situation elsewhere but I say you cannot harvest everything that is harvested elsewhere too. Sometimes taking the contextual framework to apply is also important.
3. As per the Constitution it’s the sole prerogative of the King to grant Kidu of all sorts in the kingdom and not anybody else. How can the Cabinet snatch this sacred duty of our beloved Monarch? Please don’t do that as the policy makers are encroaching and if it ever goes that way the government must be put to impeachment for it completely goes against the constitution as there is no article talking about Cabinets role in Land Kidu except the Monarch. Instead the Cabinet plans and policies must go in line with the Article 9 of the constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan (Directive Principles of State Policy). Let us pray and hope that it will never happen in our wildest dreams that such a Bill is passed in the parliament.
4. This is where democracy is flawed; the governments come into power through fair means (not always the case). Once they are in power, they will do everything to stay in power. If they have power to distribute lands, they will do so in the most corrupt manner (which will be made conveniently legal by them). I see unfair distribution, I see rich people getting richer. I see disgruntlement amongst people; I see our country in the dumps.
5. The right laws, policies, rules and regulations governing the land distribution could not be more important than any other laws for Bhutan with a sizeable amount of habitable and cultivable land.
The draft Land Bill of 2012 has to be studied thoroughly before it becomes an act. The bill giving the power to the cabinet for land allotment and distribution warrants more debate and discourse.
In a democracy, important decisions must be taken by politicians voted to power by the people. They have the mandate to ensure the welfare of the citizenry. They have the responsibility to deepen and sustain democracy as a form of governance.