The government of the People’s Democratic Party of Bhutan completed its first 100 days in office. On this occasion, a cabinet meeting deliberated at length on the pledges fulfilled by the government. Of the 34 pledges the party made during its election campaign, the prime minister declared 11 as fulfilled and one partially fulfilled.
The Ministry of Information and Communication launched designated seats in city buses for the elderly and pregnant women and disabled people in Thimphu, and a 30 percent discount in fares for students, while the Labor Ministry revised the national minimum wage. It also presented its proposals for the youth employment policy in addition to submitting proposals on building homes for the elderly near monasteries and giving allowances to senior citizens. “We’re doing further studies on these issues, which, in principle, have been approved by the cabinet,” Labor Secretary, Pema Wangda said.
Some other pledges already fulfilled by the governments are the initiation of a meet-the-people program, tabling of the Right to Information Bill, starting the Nu2M annual grant to every gewog, cutting down on the government’s wasteful expenditure and providing free electricity to rural homes. The pledge of exemption of taxes for small and rural businesses has been fulfilled, but waits endorsement by the parliament. The pledge of doing away with preliminary exams for the civil service could not be fulfilled.