North Thim­phu can­di­date cam­paigns with party’s top man­i­festo

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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

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