For once The Bhutanese newspaper was pro-government along with the other papers. It says the ministers are “voluntarily” returning land in Gyalposhing.
Where is the volunteerism in villagers suffering, complaining for a decade, land lying fallow, anonymous complaint after complaint, constant official pressure to hush up the case for years, an Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) case being opened, PM acting as if he asked ACC to investigate, ACC finding the ministers guilty of official misconduct and requiring the return of the land forfeiting what they had paid. Where is the volunteer part in all this?
Then, Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is told to draft a report on the lines of the ministers’ press statements. Thus, the ministers are now innocent and they as innocent unknowing buyers of public land usurped from villagers and government projects, are now sacrificing their hard earned land for public good. So is that volunteerism for the elected leaders?
This volunteerism sounds like stealing, getting caught, asking your friends to provide an alibi, claiming innocence and then offering to return the stolen goods as a favour to the one who suffered the loss!
Verdict – The Bhutanese has not been bought by the government. But its reporters went to sleep on this one!