DNT promises to deliver all pledges
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.