The Bhutan government proposed to revise the monthly pay of local government (LG) members by 40 percent, their daily allowance (DA) by 33 to 66 percent along with the entitlement to claim mileage while travelling outside their gewogs and thromdes.
The revision will be effective from July this year.
There will be no pay rise for the civil servants, and the pay revision is not applicable for the four thrompons.
The salary of the LG members has been revised by 40 percent on the existing pay and introduced pay scales with two percent annual increment for LG members except for thrompons.
After the revision, the increase in take home salary for gups will be 18 percent, 21 percent for mangmis, and 22 percent for tshogpas.
“To facilitate LG members to travel within and outside gewogs or thromdes for monitoring of development programmes and activities, the government has decided to revise daily allowance by 33 percent for gups, 50 percent for mangmis, and 66 percent for tshogpas,” Lyonpo Namgay Dorji said.
In addition, the government has approved the mileage claim for gups at Nu 16 a kilometre and others at Nu 6 a kilometre for travel beyond 10 kilometres.
The special responsibility allowance for chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of Dzongkhag Tshogdu have been revised and new rates for communication allowance and post-service benefits for the LG members have been approved.
However, the minister said that the Third Pay Commission (TPC) said that with the delay in the commissioning of three hydropower projects and not realising the additional revenue from these projects, revision of pay and allowances of the entire civil service at this juncture is not affordable.
The net annual financial implication of the revision of pay, allowances, and benefits of LG members is about Nu 135.406 million (M). In addition, the net implication on account of gratuity because of pay revision is about Nu 40.199M per term.