No more en­ter­tain­ment li­censes for core P/ling

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

Phuentshol­ing Thromde has de­cided not to ap­prove any new en­ter­tain­ment li­censes like Drayangs and Karaoke in the core town area. The res­o­lu­tion was taken dur­ing the an­nual Thromde Tshogde yes­ter­day.

There are al­ready eight drayangs and 11 karaokes in the core town area, which the mem­bers said are enough to cater to the Phuentshol­ing res­i­dents.

Thromde’s Chief of De­vel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tory Divi­sion Tshe­wang Jeipo said that the Bhutan In­fo­comm and Me­dia Au­thor­ity (BICMA) needs to study the need for such en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters be­fore ap­prov­ing

li­censes in Phuentshol­ing core town.

The Chief who is also Deputy Chair­man of En­ter­tain­ment Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee (ELC) said that hence­forth the Thromde will not ap­prove new pro­pos­als for such busi­nesses.

It was de­cided that in­creas­ing num­ber of such en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters would do no good to the pub­lic and the own­ers too with most anti-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties oc­cur­ring in th­ese cen­ters.

Also, there are oth­ers op­er­at­ing such cen­ters un­li­censed with­out the knowl­edge of the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Phuentshol­ing Thromp on Ut­tar Ku­mar Rai said that apart from the core town area, the need will be as­sessed and ac­cord­ingly, pro­pos­als for li­censes for ex­tended thromde will be en­ter­tained.

“The ex­ist­ing drayangs are al­ready strug­gling and pro­lif­er­a­tion would make their sit­u­a­tion worse,” he said.

Mean­while, the tim­ings of such en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters were ques­tioned. Thromde of­fi­cials usu­ally com­pel them to close early.

“But since it is a mat­ter of sur­vival, they should be al­lowed to op­er­ate till the time al­lot­ted by BICMA. Oth­er­wise their sur­vival is at stake,” said Bhutan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try’s (BCCI) Re­gional sec­re­tary San­gay Dorji.

Th­ese cen­ters usu­ally op­er­ate af­ter 10pm and are forced to close early. The BCCI of­fice has re­ceived a few com­plaints from the op­er­a­tors to al­low them to run busi­ness as per BICMA’s tim­ing. BICMA al­lows en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters to op­er­ate till 12am.

The Thromde’s Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Wangchuk Thayey, how­ever said that the Thromde’s mon­i­tor­ing is for the safety of the em­ploy­ees who are mostly women.

Fur­ther, most of th­ese em­ploy­ees re­side across the bor­der town of Jaigaon and re­turn­ing home late night would im­pose risks to safety.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, also the Chair­man of the ELC, said that since the in­ter­na­tional bor­der gate closes at 10pm al­low­ing the em­ploy­ees to work till mid­night would pose threats to em­ploy­ees.

“If the own­ers of th­ese cen­ters kept their em­ploy­ees within Bhutan, the Thromde would not in­ter­fere in their busi­ness.”

Mean­while, the Thromde will look into pro­pos­als from ex­tended ar­eas like Pasakha. “If pro­pos­als are from out­side the core area, we have to con­sider. But the core town has enough,” said Wangchuk Thayey.

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