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Bhutan gets it right, teachers and medical staff to be highest paid workers in the country

"The government acknowledged the huge work load of teachers and medical staff in the country and decided that they deserved more than the babus"

By Shivam Singh

Just in case someone has been living under a rock, Bhutan is India’s tiny neighbour which measures its progress in GNH, Gross National Happiness. And as cool that sounds, Bhutan continues to amaze us. The Himalayan land has overturned the pay hierarchy of the country to make teachers, nurses and doctors the highest paid staff in the country, benefiting about 4000 medical professionals and over 9000 teachers.

The top pay and perks in the nation were previously enjoyed by bureaucrats. The government acknowledged the huge work load of teachers and medical staff in the country and decided that they deserved more than the babus. In a statement the Bhutanese PM said that the focus was on improving the quality of the profession which in turn would benefit the education system. The government went on to express its concern for the brain drain that was beginning to plague the two most important sectors, health and education.

It appears the country is setting its priorities right. It’s a landmark move, something which bigger neighbours shouldn’t be embarrassed to adopt. A healthy and educated nation should be any PM’s first priority.