Royal Civil Service Commission Gets New Leadership

In a momentous ceremony held at the majestic Tashichhodzong, His Majesty the King bestowed dhar upon the newly appointed chairperson and commissioners of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) yesterday, marking a significant transition in the administrative landscape of Bhutan.

Tashi Pem, a distinguished figure in environmental governance and the current director general of the Department of Environment and Climate Change under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoENR), has been entrusted with the pivotal role of chairing the RCSC. With a wealth of experience in steering environmental policies and fostering sustainable practices, Pem brings a nuanced perspective to the forefront of civil service administration.

Joining Pem are four esteemed commissioners, each bringing their own expertise and vision to the table. Babu Ram Sherpa, renowned for his stewardship as the dzongdag of Tashiyangtse, assumes a crucial role in shaping the Commission’s strategies. Kinlay Tshering, the director general of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MoAL), brings forth insights honed through years of dedication to agricultural development. Lobzang Dorji, distinguished for his tenure as the dzongdag of Sarpang, adds a depth of administrative acumen to the Commission. Rounding off the ensemble is Tshering Cigay Dorji (Ph.D), whose diverse background spanning both the private and public sectors promises innovative perspectives, having served as the executive VP of SELISE Bhutan Pvt. Ltd. and as the former CEO of Thimphu TechPark.

The ushering in of this new leadership comes on the heels of the culmination of the five-year term of the 3rd Commission, led by the esteemed chairperson Dasho Karma Hamu Dorjee, whose tenure concluded on April 16th, 2024. As per the constitutional mandate outlined in Article 26.2, the appointment of the chairperson and commissioners of the RCSC entails a meticulous process, with nominations jointly recommended by key stakeholders including the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of Bhutan, the Speaker, the Chairperson of the National Council, and the Leader of the Opposition Party.

The RCSC stands as a cornerstone of Bhutan’s administrative apparatus, entrusted with the pivotal task of upholding the integrity, efficiency, and meritocracy within the civil service. With the induction of the new leadership, the Commission embarks on a journey poised to navigate the evolving challenges of governance while staying true to the enduring principles of service to the Tsa-Wa-Sum (King, Country, and People).

As Bhutan charts its course towards realizing its developmental aspirations, the appointment of Tashi Pem and the commissioners heralds a new chapter in the annals of civil service administration, characterized by foresight, innovation, and unwavering commitment to the welfare of the nation and its citizens.

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