Hun­dred days

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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