PDP pre­par­ing re­port on pledges

Of the to­tal 33 first 100 day pledges re­flected in its man­i­festo, only eight re­main un­ful­filled

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu

Left with less than a year to com­plete its term, Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has ful­filled many of its pledges.

In fact, of the to­tal 33 first 100 day pledges re­flected in its man­i­festo, only eight re­main un­ful­filled.

Pledges that have not been ful­filled so far include do­ing away with the civil ser­vice pre­lim­i­nary ex­ams and launch­ing of an al­lowance for se­nior cit­i­zens above 70 years of age.

One ma­jor pledge that re­mains un­ful­filled is the gov­ern­ment’s as­sur­ance of 100% youth em­ploy­ment. The gov­ern­ment had also promised to in­tro­duce an un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit scheme for the youth but has failed to do so.

Fur­ther, PDP pledged to draft a leg­is­la­tion to en­sure 20% quota for women in all elected of­fice and study the pos­si­bil­i­ties of in­tro­duc­ing a cap on taxi numbers in the coun­try.

It also pledged to in­tro­duce busi­ness li­censes to run taxi ser­vices which would be a pre­req­ui­site to get busi­ness. Th­ese pledges are yet to see the light of day.

The Prime Min­is­ter was sup­posed to as­sume the port­fo­lio of at least one min­is­ter to en­sure that there is no need to have too many min­is­ters. Ad­di­tion­ally, PDP pledged to ini­ti­ate ru­ral post­ing al­lowance for civil ser­vants, par­tic­u­larly teach­ers, posted in ru­ral ar­eas. Th­ese too have not been ful­filled.

The Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of PDP, Sonam Jat­sho, said that the party has ac­com­plished al­most all ma­jor pledges.

“It is mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence in our peo­ple’s lives ev­ery day,” said Sonam Jat­sho adding that just a few pledges re­main un­ful­filled.

He said that to get a proper un­der­stand­ing of the sta­tus and im­pact of its elec­tion pledges, “PDP is in the process of pre­par­ing a proper re­port on the pledges”.

Other pledges ful­filled so far are the man­date of ev­ery hospi­tal hav­ing three doc­tors in­clud­ing one spe­cial­ist and two am­bu­lances each plus the pledge of im­prov­ing ru­ral ac­ces­si­bil­ity through the in­tro­duc­tion of bus ser­vices be­tween dif­fer­ent dzongkhags and ru­ral des­ti­na­tions has been ful­filled.

Bus ser­vices to gewogs with mo­tor roads have not been in­tro­duced nei­ther have pen­sion scheme for pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ees or prov­i­dent fund and gra­tu­ity been in­tro­duced.

Other PDP pledges that are not ful­filled include es­pe­cially ad­vo­cat­ing for ru­ral farm­ers and com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by min­ing, ini­ti­at­ing a Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Fund (CDF) with spe­cial incentives, stream­lin­ing tourism in the coun­try, en­cour­ag­ing free for­eign lan­guage train­ing pro­grams, spon­sor­ing an­nual pil­grim­age to Bod­hgaya, In­dia for cit­i­zens above the age of 65 and es­tab­lish­ing a sub­si­dized meal pro­gram in ur­ban cen­ters for lowsalaried em­ploy­ees.

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