In a welcome move, the cabinet of Bhutan has announced that the salaries of teachers, nurses, doctors and all medical staff will be hiked. This, in turn, will make them the highest paid civil servants in the country, according to an article published by The Indian Express. The cabinet took this decision on 5th June 2019.
This was termed as a “huge strategical move” by The Bhutanese, a regional newspaper because the new announcement has overturned the present hierarchy in which unofficial civil service officials get to enjoy various perks that include training and trips as well.
As per the press release issued by the Bhutanese Prime Minister’s Office, “If the pay revision comes through as proposed by the government, teaching becomes the highest paid profession in the country.”
Here is what Twitter had to say about this decision:
Great decision & refreshing move by our neighbor Bhutan.— Dr. Shamsher Singh IPS (@Shamsher_IPS) June 17, 2019
#Bhutan #EducationForAll #respect @HRDMinistry https://t.co/B4H5aaKxZX
#nhs, we can only dream about such a move here..https://t.co/yO7l3xVeAa— Sangam (@skhatiwada001) June 15, 2019
We MUST follow this. The respect & payment must be higher who’re building our future / saving our lives.https://t.co/iGyq6CDwvf— Dr. विकास बाबा आमटे (@drvikasamte) June 18, 2019
The true civil servants, even here in #India we need to set our priorities right . A society where teachers and doctors are given their due respect is a truly developed society 🙂🙏@IndianExpress https://t.co/r3kmnnV6IV— Nila Madhab Panda (@nilamadhabpanda) June 17, 2019
THAT will be an interesting attempt to re-value public services…. https://t.co/BtMeoW6sA9— Sylvain Aubry (@saubryhr) June 16, 2019
Teachers in #Bhutan to be amongst the most highly paid civil servants. A lesson that #USA #India and others must learn from. #WelldoneBhutan https://t.co/P6pUwyiUe7— Binalakshmi Nepram (@BinaNepram) June 15, 2019
In the recent past, Bhutan has also been lauded as one of the progressive states as it decriminalized homosexuality.