Ful­fill­ing DNT’s pledges in 120 days

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The re­cent elected govern­ment of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa ( DNT) for the 3rd Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tion of Na­tional Assem­bly 2018 pledges for the well­be­ing of the na­tion. Amongst the pledges, DNT pledges to do within 120 days after as­sum­ing to of­fice.

Within the 120 days, the man­i­festo of DNT states that DNT would es­tab­lish a high level com­mit­tee to draft the coun­try’s new long- term vi­sion, Bhutan: Vi­sion 2045 to carry our na­tion for­ward.

Es­tab­lish a ded­i­cated wa­ter agency with a plan of ac­tion to en­sure wa­ter - DRINK­ING and IR­RI­GATION - for all by 2021 and DNT would con­vert Sam­rang project into veg­etable farm­ing project, states the man­i­festo.

The man­i­festo fur­ther states that the govern­ment would pro­mote veg­e­tar­ian meals dur­ing of­fi­cial func­tions de­velop “Su­ung Joen” app to en­able Bhutanese to com­mu­ni­cate freely with­out the need to recharge the voucher.

Re­move five per­cent voucher tax, im­ple­ment free nu­tri­tious lunch pro­gram in all schools. Ini­ti­ate and im­ple­ment dis­con­tin­u­ing ex­am­i­na­tions un­til Class VI, and re­mov­ing Class X cut- off point. Free ac­cess, 24/ 7, to all on­line data within the coun­try – Bhutan Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice ( BBS), on­line shop­ping, web­sites brows­ing and doc­u­ment down­load­ing – by in­stalling in­tranet tech­nol­ogy. In­sti­tute the fourth pay com­mis­sion to re­vise civil ser­vice salaries and al­lowances.

Be­gin projects to ad­dress stray dog’s prob­lem, man­age wastes more ef­fi­ciently and de­velop a blue print for build­ing ad­e­quate res­i­den­tial com­plexes. Set up in­sur­ance schemes for farm­ers to pro­tect their crops, states the man­i­festo.

It also fur­ther states that DNT would de­velop pro­fes­sional ser­vice stan­dards and min­i­mal turn­around times for all pub­lic ser­vices, in­sti­tute mech­a­nisms for de­liv­ery of all pub­lic ser­vices in gewogs and thromdes through one- stop shops.

Con­tribut­ing to de­cen­tral­iza­tion process, sup­port tshog­pas by open­ing of­fices for them at chi­wogs and es­tab­lish a tourism de­vel­op­ment board and ini­ti­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of Bhutan Tourism Re­view, 2016 rec­om­men­da­tions. Fi­nal­ize a frame­work, in con­sul­ta­tion with teach­ers na­tion­wide, to re­duce teacher work­load. Pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive and hu­man re­sources sup­port for ex­tra and co- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Re­view the na­tional youth pol­icy and im­ple­ment a na­tional youth ac­tion plan to ad­dress the needs of our youth. Iden­tify and list the coun­try’s skills needs and de­sign a pro­gram to train youth for em­ploy­ment.

Com­plete re­view of em­ploy­ment poli­cies to strengthen it and draw up strate­gies to achieve jobs and liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties for all. Enu­mer­ate and pro­vide bud­get to all com­mu­nity lhakhangs to sup­port them to con­duct an­nual ri­tu­als and fes­ti­vals, their man­i­festo states.

The man­i­festo also states that, “Cab­i­net min­is­ters will use elec­tric/ hy­brid cars for lo­cal trav­els and meet taxi tshogpa, thromde rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other agen­cies to ad­dress is­sues fac­ing taxi driv­ers over park­ing space, pro­fes­sional driv­ing li­cense and own­er­ship, age of ve­hi­cles and age of driv­ers.”

Re­view the 12th Plan to in­clude re­volv­ing fund for Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions ( CSOs) and funds for film and doc­u­men­tary pro­mo­tion, re­view and re­vise work­ing con­di­tions and salaries of Royal Bhutan Po­lice ( RBP) per­sonal to ease long duty hours and ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion for ad­di­tional du­ties. Ini­ti­ate Sonam Gong­phel project, where the govern­ment will buy farm­ers’ pro­duces. Re­view and re­vise the func­tion of farm shops to buy from farm­ers at poor price with­out im­ped­ing small busi­nesses in the gewogs.

The man­i­festo also states that DNT would es­tab­lish a pri­vate sec­tor de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee led by the Fi­nance Min­is­ter in part­ner­ship with Bhutan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try. To­gether im­ple­ment Pri­vate Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment– The Way For­ward, 2016 rec­om­men­da­tions.

Ini­ti­ate re­cruit­ment of do­mes­tic work­ers by re­view­ing and amend­ing im­mi­gra­tion rules and reg­u­la­tion and in­sti­tute strin­gent mon­i­tor­ing stan­dards and guide­lines for that, states the man­i­festo.

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