ACC dismisses petition filed against BOE by former employees

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Two former employees of Bhutan Overseas Employment Agency (BOE), Karma Tenzin and Karma Dorji, submitted a petition to the Office of Prime Minister (PMO) on May 8 stating that the overcharged amount be reimbursed or adjusted in their loan to the youth sent to Japan.

The letter also mentioned about the lack of transparency in the BOE office while sending the youth to Japan.

The case was then forwarded to the Anti Corruption Committee (ACC) on June 14 by the PMO.

Based on the several informal complaints received by the PMO, Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay had directed the case of possible incidences of corruption and collusion by the ministry particularly in awarding contracts relating to trainings in India and to Japan to ACC in January.

The PM also stated that in order to ensure independent investigation without any interference, the labor minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo was send on a paid leave till the investigation process was completed.

However, ACC Commissioner Jamtsho said, “We are not getting anything new from the petition submitted by the two former employees to the PM’s office.”

He also mentioned that the submission is generic without any concrete substance.

In total, BOE sent 750 youth to Japan till date.

There are 11 overseas employment agencies in the country while the license of four companies have been either terminated or suspended by the ministry.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu