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Probe underway on MoLHR’s training programs

Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay informed the media that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating the case of the various training programs that was initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR).

“We do not want to interfere on the investigation,” Lyonchhen said during the meet-the-press session yesterday.

“They will not tell us how far the investigation has reached, but it looks like the ACC is doing serious investigation. I am confident that we will not be a detriment to ACC investigation. We will request the labor minister to stay on leave,” Lyonchhen said.

The Prime Minister said the ACC must feel that they have the full support of the government.

“I am at labor ministry every day and work is continuing,” Lyonchhen said, adding that the ministry is coming up with some new programs and he feels reassured that the civil servants at the ministry are working with the lot of motivation.

According to Lyonchhen, until the investigation is complete, they would request the labor minister to stay on leave.

The Commissioner of ACC, Jamtsho, told Business Bhutan that the case is still under investigation.

“With the case being still under investigation, I cannot comment further,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government had asked for ACC’s probe in the MoLHR’s training programs in early January this year after several informal complaints were received by the Prime Minister’s Office on possible incidences of corruption and collusion by the ministry.

The investigation was called based on the several informal complaints that the Office of the Prime Minister received on possible incidences of corruption and collusion by the ministry, particularly in awarding contracts relating to trainings in India and Japan.

Meanwhile, Minister of MoLHR Ngeema Sangay Tshempo is still on leave absence, which was availed after the government asked for ACC’s probe and Prime Minister taking full charge of the ministry from then to until the conclusion of the investigation.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu