DPT de­nies the DNT’s acus­sa­tions on so­cial me­dia

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Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa ( DPT) de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tions made by the pres­i­dent of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa ( DNT) on em­ploy­ing 20 youths to de­fame the party and its can­di­dates dur­ing press meet this week.

DPT’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, San­gay Phurba said that it is false and party do not have time in do­ing it and it could be vice- versa.

DPT press re­lease states that the ac­cu­sa­tion is un­true and is a de­s­pearate way of cam­paign­ing with aim to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage rather than giv­ing choice to the peo­ple.

In ad­di­tion, it also states that sim­i­lar de­fam­ing cases are en- coun­tered by the party but have never com­plained and be­lieve the qual­ity of good leader in­cludes with stand­ing all kinds of crit­i­cisms and al­le­ga­tions.

DNT’s pres­i­dent, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing also claimed that the DPT had crit­i­cised on their party pledges and the act has be­came the party’s habit due to pre­cen­dence of the pre­vi­ous elec­tions. He asked the DPT to re­frain from crit­i­cis­ing the pledges and mis­in­form the peo­ple and as­sured that the pledges are achiev­able.

On con­trary, “It is not crit­i­cism on the part of the pledges made by the DNT but a con­struc­tive crit­i­cisms and it is op­por­tu­nity to jus­tify the pledges. The pledge should be doable, reli- able and ac­cu­rate,” San­gay Phurba said.

The pledges on the floor be­tween the par­ties were on do­ing away wtih class 10 cut- off point, pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives for ru­ral moth­ers to breast­feed and take care of their chil­dren for the first six months and, DPT’s plan to gen­er­ate 10000MW of elec­tric­ity by 2030.

DNT be­lieves that with re­moval of cut- off point, thou­sands of stu­dents en­try will gain to class 11. The party plans to en­roll the stu­dents through gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ships into pri­vate schools be­cause of lim­ited in­fra­struc­ture in gov­ern­ment schools. Thus, sup­port­ing pri­vate schools with higher en­roll­ment and ex­pan­sion of the in­fra­struc­ture lead­ing to im­prove­ment in stan­dard in long run. DNT’s pres­i­dent said that the pledge is con­sti­tu­tional be­cause the party has con­sulted with judges who were in­volved in draft­ing the con­sti­tu­tion.

How­ever, DPT’s gen­eral sec­re­tary call it as un­con­sti­tu­ional. DPT call upon the con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan, ar­ti­cle 9, Prin­ci­ples of State Pol­icy, that states, “The State shall pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion to all chil­dren of school go­ing age up to tenth stan­dard and en­sure that tech­ni­cal and pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion is made gen­er­ally avail­able and that higher ed­u­ca­tion is equally ac­ces­si­ble to all on the ba­sis of merit.” Gen­eral sec­re­tary also said that this pledge is un­re­al­is­tic since there is lack of in­fra­struc­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to Bhutan Coun­cil for School Eam­i­na­tions and Assess­ment, a to­tal of 12,106 can­di­dates from 111 gov­er­ment and six pri­vate sec­ondary schools regis­tered for the 2017 class X ex­am­i­na­tion. How­ever, a to­tal of 11,973 stu­dents ap­peared for the ex­am­i­na­tion of which 11,522 passed. Of those, 6,187 qual­i­fied for gov­ern­ment schools, 451 failed and 133 ab­sent. The re­main­ing 5,335 stu­dents were ei­ther en­rolled in pri­vate sec­ondary schools and tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes or floated in

job mar­ket.

Re­gard­ing the pledge on pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives for ru­ral moth­ers to breast­feed and take care of their chil­dren for the first six months, DNT plans to in­tro­duce al­lowances equiv­a­lent to the daily wage rate be­cause the party be­lieves that the ru­ral women are en­gages in works re­lated to do­mes­tic and farms. “It would not make sense to deny al­lowances to those women who de­liver ba- bies,” man­i­festo re­flects.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary said that is is not ap­pli­ca­ble since gov­ern­ment has lim­ited money and needs to carry out ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment plans.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus of Bhutan, 2017, Bhutan’s Gen­eral Fer­til­ity rate (num­ber of births dur­ing a year per 1000 women of re­pro­duc­tive age, 15-49 years) was 57.3, in­di­cat­ing that there are about 57 births per 1000 women in re­pro­duc­tive age. The GFR stand at 58 in ur­ban ar­eas and 57 in ru­ral ar­eas.

On the hy­dropower gen­er­a­tion by DPT to 10000MW by 2030, DNT’s pres­i­dent said that the in­volve­ment of the pri­vate sec­tor in hy­dropower projects could ben­e­fit only to few pri­vate sec­tor. In con­trary, DPT’s gen­eral sec­re­tary said that in­vest­ment in hy­dropower would bring re­turns to the econ­omy of the coun­try. And the party wants to en­cour­age pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion through en­gag­ing lo­cal con­sul­tancy in hy­dropower project ac­tiv­i­ties.

DNT pledge to gen­er­ate ad­di­tional 5200MW of hy­dropower through Sankosh, Kuri-Gon­gri and other projects. Sim­i­larly, DPT plans to gen­er­ate min­i­mum 10000MW by 2030. The present elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity is 1606 MW( 5.5 % of to­tal po­ten­tial). DPT plans to ex­e­cute at least three projects and ac­tively pur­sue the oth­ers with the Gov­ern­ment of Inda. The projects are Kho­longchu (600 MW), Chamkharchhu I (779 MW), Sankosh Reser­voir (2560 MW), Wangchhu Re­serv­ior ( 579 MW), Bu­nakha (180 MW), Amochhu Reser­voir ( 540MW), Kuri Gon­gri ( 2640MW), Dorji Lung ( 1125MW), Gamri (130MW), Merag Amari (473 MW), and Dhansari ( 73 MW).

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