DNT prom­ises to de­liver all pledges

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Samtse

Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) has promised to ful­fill all the pledges that the party has made if it comes to power and forms the gov­ern­ment.

This is what DNT pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said to the peo­ple of Samtse in his re­cent po­lit­i­cal cam­paign last week.

Reit­er­at­ing that all the pledges are doable, he said if the peo­ple gave an op­por­tu­nity for DNT to form the gov­ern­ment, his gov­ern­ment would be de­liv­er­ing all the pledges within five years.

On the pledge of do­ing away with the cut-off point for Class X ex­am­i­na­tion, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said the party which looks into the na­tion’s fu­ture has/ will al­low Class X passed stu­dents to con­tinue ed­u­ca­tion in gov­ern­ment schools till Class XII.

“The party has found that around 5,200 Class X dis­qual­i­fied stu­dents are left with­out con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion which is a se­ri­ous con­cern,” he said, adding that while some con­tinue in pri­vate schools and the oth­ers stay at vil­lages, the rest who can­not af­ford to con­tinue en­ters the job mar­ket at a very early age and with im­ma­ture brains.

“This has led to many so­cial is­sues with­out se­cured jobs,” the pres­i­dent said, adding it would have a long-term im­pact on the na­tion’s fu­ture.”

He added, “In­vest­ing in health and ed­u­ca­tion is the best in­vest­ment which we are con­sid­er­ing. Then only we can talk about other de­vel­op­ments. When these young minds are pro­vided with free ed­u­ca­tion and health care, the coun­try is al­ready de­vel­op­ing.”

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said the party has pledged only those that are prac­ti­cal and doable. He added eco­nomic self re­liance is some­thing which the party con­sid­ers im­prac­ti­cal within five years. “It can be done but not with­out proper foun­da­tion and multi sac­ri­fices,” he said.

On funds to ful­fill the party’s pledges, the party, if it comes to power, has plans to man­age with the avail­able re­sources and rev­enues. The party has also plans to look for donors to fund, which can be re­paid af­ter the on­go­ing hy­dropower projects are com­mis­sioned and the coun­try starts gen­er­at­ing rev­enue.

“The party’s prom­ise of pro­mot­ing tourism across the coun­try is also ex­pected to nar­row the gap in the na­tion. The party still be­lieves that there are scopes for pro­mot­ing the coun­try as a pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion in the south too. The party has also framed tourism devel­op­ment pol­icy tar­get­ing to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity and the vil­lages. Tourism so far has been flooded to cer­tain sec­tion of the coun­try, while the rests are ne­glected. When the pol­icy is im­ple­mented, the rev­enue will also be go­ing to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing also rea­soned that the monthly stipend for new born mothers is to en­cour­age them to nur­ture their chil­dren from the day they are born. The stipend will be paid to those mothers who com­ply with the health pol­icy to visit hos­pi­tals for monthly check­ups and breast­feed their ba­bies till sixth month.

He said since other civil and cor­po­rate women em­ploy­ees get up to six months of ma­ter­nity leave, the farm­ers do not have such pro­vi­sion of be­ing paid.

“Con­sid­er­ing the rest needed by new mothers, the stipend should be used for pay­ing day la­bor­ers who work in her ab­sence in the field. This way ev­ery mother can nur­ture their chil­dren who are con­sid­ered as the fu­ture of the coun­try,” Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said.

The party main­tained that the other pledges of the party are also best and very much doable.

“DNT’s man­i­festoes are in­clined with the na­tion’s de­vel­op­men­tal phi­los­o­phy of Gross Na­tional Happiness. Our man­i­festo is the best for Bhutan which is to nar­row the gap. We don’t want to pull down the up­per classes, but will lift the lower and mid­dle class peo­ple,” he said.

With the party com­pris­ing ca­pa­ble and clear minded peo­ple, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said they are confident about serv­ing and ful­fill­ing the pledges.

“The peo­ple need to delve deeper into the man­i­festo and un­der­stand its ben­e­fit in the long run. The party’s pledges are not short-term. The party is ini­tially plan­ning to in­vest in health and ed­u­ca­tion to har­ness de­mo­graphic div­i­dend for the na­tion’s strong fu­ture,” he added.

Mean­while, DNT pres­i­dent has com­pleted his cam­paign in Samtse yes­ter­day and will be head­ing to Haa.

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