Fulfilling DNT’s pledges in 120 days
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.