Hap­pi­ness Repli­cated

Southasia - - Briefing -

Tarun Go­goi, the Chief Min­is­ter of the In­dian state of Assam has plans to repli­cate Bhutan’s model of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness as an in­dex of the state’s well-be­ing.

Talk­ing to the me­dia last month, the Min­is­ter said, “If Congress re­mains in power in the state, we shall surely try and fol­low Bhutan’s hap­pi­ness the­ory so that we are able to bring in holis­tic changes in the state and help de­velop amity, peace, so­cial or­der, be­sides ac­cel­er­at­ing the eco­nomic growth.”

He said Assam will be more in­ter­ested in sec­tors like ed­u­ca­tion and health and will make sure that the chil­dren in the state are im­parted proper ed­u­ca­tion and health fa- cil­i­ties, forests are well cov­ered and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity is less­ened.

Bhutan’s Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness is a pol­icy de­creed by for­mer King Jigme Singye Wangchuck to try and re­flect the true qual­ity of life in a more holis­tic man­ner. The Bhutanese hap­pi­ness the­ory em­pha­sizes on a buoy­ant econ­omy, which means ris­ing in­comes and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Bhutan’s hap­pi­ness pol­icy, also known as the GNH, seems to be reap­ing the de­sired re­sults – 72 per­cent of the coun­try is still forested, health­care is free and a study con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter in Bri­tain ranks Bhutan as the planet’s eighth hap­pi­est place, ahead of the U.S. and Canada.

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