DPT on­sets its gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign from South

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter/ Thim­phu

Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa ( DPT) started the third par­lia­men­tary gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign from re­ceiv­ing bless­ings from Machen Lhakhang on Septem­ber 22, Pu­nakha.

DPT’s party pres­i­dent, Pema Gyamt­sho met with the peo­ple of Sunkosh on his en route to Da­gana the same day. He told them that the

con­struc­tion of Sankosh Hy­dropower Project is on the cards if DPT get the man­date to form the gov­ern­ment. The party as­pires to ex­e­cute at least three hy­dropower projects and re­vamp the na­tional tar­get of in­creas­ing the elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity.

Thank­ing the peo­ple of Da­gana, the party pres­i­dent rem­ined to vote for a party that of­fers bet­ter fu­ture and can­di­date who is ca­pa­ble to Tsa- Wa- Sum in the gen­eral round and urge to re­frain en­gag­ing in corupt prac­tices like tak­ing bribes for votes and spread­ing false news about pol­i­tics. He fur­ther added that small coun­try like ours should strive for peace and har­mony in sync with ef­forts to make our democ­racy a unique and vi­brant one.

The pres­i­dent said that do­ing away of the cut- off point for class X stu­dents will fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rate the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. “Ev­ery par­ent must think twice and un­der­stand whether or not such a pledge is good for our chil­dren and for the na­tion as well,” Pema Gyamt­sho said. One of man­i­festo of DPT is to al­low one- time dis­qual­i­fied stu­dents of class X & XII to re­peat as reg­u­lar stu­dents.

Talk­ing to the peo­ple of Dam­phu, party pres­i­dent as­sured to re­view and im­prove cen­tral school

pol­icy to make ed­u­ca­tion more eq­ui­table and sus­tain­able. “We will en­sure that all the stu­dents study­ing in re­mote schools get mid- day meal, “he added.

To im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, DPT pledged to set up Ex­tended Class­rooms and Early Child Care and De­vel­op­ment cen­tres in ev­ery chi­wog if nec­es­sary and main­tain schools in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties at least up to class VI. More­over, there will be in­crease in the stipend for stu­dents in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions from Nu. 1500 to Nu 3000 and bus ser­vice will be pro­vided for stu­dents hav­ing to walk for more than an hour.

In meet­ing with the peo­ple of Gele­phu, preisident told to them they will ex­pe­dite the es­tab­lish­ment of Jig­mel­ing in­dus­trial es­tate.

At Um­ling gewog in Sarpang, the pres­i­dent said that DPT will seek to achieve na­tional eco­nomic self- re­liance by 2025 if elected. This achieve­ment needs ex­e­cute atleast three hy­dropower projects, pri­vate sec­tor de­vel­op­ment, pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor co­or­di­na­tion, im­prov­ing ease of do­ing busi­ness, pro­mote high end tourism, pro­mote In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, 100% food self re­liance, in­vest im ir­ri­ga­tion schemes and pro­mote do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion to sub­sti­tute im­port, set up agri­cul­ture bank and de- mo­nop­o­lise econ­omy for fair dis­tr­bu­tion of wealth.

The pres­i­dent told the peo­ple of Jig­mi­choel­ing gewog that a Ba­sic Health Unit will be con­structed in the gewog should DPT form the gov­ern­ment.

DPT has 16 of the can­di­dates have worked as the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for at least 5 years and three were min­is­ters. The can­di­dates are for­mer di­rec­tors, vet­eran ed­u­ca­tion­ists, diplo­mats, en­trepreneurs, so­cial work­ers, se­nior bankers, and lawyers.

The Pres­i­dent of Druk Phue­sum Tshogpa Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho winds up the first leg cam­paign to Da­gana, Tsir­ang and Sarpang by thank­ing all for the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port, prayers and good wishes. (Pic: DPT)

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