North Thimphu candidate campaigns with party’s top manifesto
The candidates of the four political parties made their tall promises to the people of North Thimphu constituency at the common forum on 31 August in Thimphu.
Karma Loday, Bhutan Kuen- Nyam Party’s ( BKP) North Thimphu representative promised that the party will address the major cause of corruption of favoritism and nepotism in human resource management such as recruitment. “We will ensure transparency and fear selection in the recruitment.”
Corruption is the main cause of unequal resource distribution and the root cause of growing inequality that affects poor people in the society. Fighting corruption is an uphill task and that ordinary people cannot do anything substantial to curb corruption that occurs at all levels of the society. Karma Loday said their party would work to fight against corruption.
The representative shared his concern on public debts. He said the first FYP, for which Nu. 107.2 million was allo- cated has been increased to Nu. 300 billion for 12th FYP. “The budgets were not sourced from our country but we borrow money from other countries.” He said, adding the public debt has increased to Nu. 200 billion.
If BKP come into power, he said the party will commit to work beyond five years for future sustainability. Karma Loday said, “We pledge only for tenure to serve just for five years but our policy will be beyond five years.”
Besides, he promised to achieve the goal of GNH and self- reliant. He urged people to choose the party who is with the best plan to serve the country for long run.
Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa ( DNT) wants the middle and lowermiddle income groups to grow faster economically in the next five years so that the income gap decreases. DNT targets middle and lower middle- income groups as the poorest of poor do not have the capability to carry out economic activities and need to be supported.
DNT’s North Thimphu representative, Dechen Wangmo said that the party slogan is decided with the public consultation. “To narrow the gap is a concern across the country.” She said otherwise, income inequality is a risk for the country’s economy and security, independent and destroy harmony in the society.
She highlighted that health care is the most important services and ensured to provide good health to all. “We will provide equal health services to all the people, work to prevent diseases and medical treatments among others.”
The candidate said that the party will remove cut- off points for class 10 students to enable them to continue studying until class 12. She said their party carried out a research and found many of them are from poor financial background which has resulted to discontinue their high school. “If they go abroad to work, it will help them to get good job at least if they have a minimum of class 12 certificates.”
Druk Phunsum Tshogpa’s ( DPT) North Thimphu representative, Lily Wangchuk said their party will address the unemployment. She said the party will create 120,000 jobs and ensure employment for all in the next five years.
The candidate said the party will facilitate home ownership through special loan schemes for the low and middle income groups in urban areas.
She also promised to provide better transportation and housing services, and parking facilities among others in the urban areas.
She said the party would provide opportunities for women and child, and initiatives for senior citizens and differently disabled persons. Lily Wangchuk said, “We will ultimately help to address the demotic violence which will fulfill the mission of GNH.
Besides, she also focused on some of the top pledges for North Thimphu on health, education and to reduce voucher tax.
Given an opportunity to serve the country, Lily Wangchuck said, she will put her heart and soul to serve the country.
People’s Democratic Party ( PDP), North Thimphu representative, Tshering promised to provide 24 hours drinking water and build multi- recreational and sports complex in every thromde.
He said they party will ensure that all thromdes have parks and open spaces, and all roads and storm drains will be repaired. The part would build additional roads and parking spaces to reduce traffic congestion.
He also commits to provide adequate facilities for sale of local products and build low income housing in all thromdes
PDP has promised to establish a mother and child hospital and a Cancer hospital in Thimphu.
He said that the Gewog Development Grant will be increased from Nu. 2 million to Nu. 5 million a year.
Tshering said that their party will increase vehicle quota to Nu. 1.5 million. Lower level civil servants will be entitled to at least one vehicle quota during their civil service careers.
He also promised to provide government land on lease for retiring civil servants to pursue agriculture.
The four political parties attend the common forum for North Thimphu constituency on 31 August in Thimphu