DPT denies the DNT’s acussations on social media
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa ( DPT) denies the accusations made by the president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa ( DNT) on employing 20 youths to defame the party and its candidates during press meet this week.
DPT’s general secretary, Sangay Phurba said that it is false and party do not have time in doing it and it could be vice- versa.
DPT press release states that the accusation is untrue and is a despearate way of campaigning with aim to gain political mileage rather than giving choice to the people.
In addition, it also states that similar defaming cases are en- countered by the party but have never complained and believe the quality of good leader includes with standing all kinds of criticisms and allegations.
DNT’s president, Lotay Tshering also claimed that the DPT had criticised on their party pledges and the act has became the party’s habit due to precendence of the previous elections. He asked the DPT to refrain from criticising the pledges and misinform the people and assured that the pledges are achievable.
On contrary, “It is not criticism on the part of the pledges made by the DNT but a constructive criticisms and it is opportunity to justify the pledges. The pledge should be doable, reli- able and accurate,” Sangay Phurba said.
The pledges on the floor between the parties were on doing away wtih class 10 cut- off point, providing incentives for rural mothers to breastfeed and take care of their children for the first six months and, DPT’s plan to generate 10000MW of electricity by 2030.
DNT believes that with removal of cut- off point, thousands of students entry will gain to class 11. The party plans to enroll the students through government scholarships into private schools because of limited infrastructure in government schools. Thus, supporting private schools with higher enrollment and expansion of the infrastructure leading to improvement in standard in long run. DNT’s president said that the pledge is constitutional because the party has consulted with judges who were involved in drafting the constitution.
However, DPT’s general secretary call it as unconstituional. DPT call upon the constitution of Bhutan, article 9, Principles of State Policy, that states, “The State shall provide free education to all children of school going age up to tenth standard and ensure that technical and professional education is made generally available and that higher education is equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” General secretary also said that this pledge is unrealistic since there is lack of infrastructure.
According to Bhutan Council for School Eaminations and Assessment, a total of 12,106 candidates from 111 goverment and six private secondary schools registered for the 2017 class X examination. However, a total of 11,973 students appeared for the examination of which 11,522 passed. Of those, 6,187 qualified for government schools, 451 failed and 133 absent. The remaining 5,335 students were either enrolled in private secondary schools and technical institutes or floated in
Regarding the pledge on providing incentives for rural mothers to breastfeed and take care of their children for the first six months, DNT plans to introduce allowances equivalent to the daily wage rate because the party believes that the rural women are engages in works related to domestic and farms. “It would not make sense to deny allowances to those women who deliver ba- bies,” manifesto reflects.
General Secretary said that is is not applicable since government has limited money and needs to carry out according to the government plans.
According to the Population and Housing Census of Bhutan, 2017, Bhutan’s General Fertility rate (number of births during a year per 1000 women of reproductive age, 15-49 years) was 57.3, indicating that there are about 57 births per 1000 women in reproductive age. The GFR stand at 58 in urban areas and 57 in rural areas.
On the hydropower generation by DPT to 10000MW by 2030, DNT’s president said that the involvement of the private sector in hydropower projects could benefit only to few private sector. In contrary, DPT’s general secretary said that investment in hydropower would bring returns to the economy of the country. And the party wants to encourage private participation through engaging local consultancy in hydropower project activities.
DNT pledge to generate additional 5200MW of hydropower through Sankosh, Kuri-Gongri and other projects. Similarly, DPT plans to generate minimum 10000MW by 2030. The present electricity generation capacity is 1606 MW( 5.5 % of total potential). DPT plans to execute at least three projects and actively pursue the others with the Government of Inda. The projects are Kholongchu (600 MW), Chamkharchhu I (779 MW), Sankosh Reservoir (2560 MW), Wangchhu Reservior ( 579 MW), Bunakha (180 MW), Amochhu Reservoir ( 540MW), Kuri Gongri ( 2640MW), Dorji Lung ( 1125MW), Gamri (130MW), Merag Amari (473 MW), and Dhansari ( 73 MW).