An agri­cul­ture en­thu­si­ast among NC as­pi­rants from Ch­hukha

Business Bhutan - - Elections 2018 - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

A Royal Thim­phu Col­lege grad­u­ate and an agri­cul­ture en­thu­si­ast is one among the many as­pir­ing can­di­dates who would be con­test­ing in the up­com­ing Na­tional Coun­cil elec­tions this year from Chukha Dzongkhag.

Hem Ku­mar Ghal­ley, 32, said he would look into the poli­cies fa­vor­ing ru­ral farm­ers if elected. He rea­soned that most of the peo­ple are ru­ral farm­ers and that their liveli­hood is at stake from de­grad­ing agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“The time has come for the govern­ment to stress more to help these farm­ers as they are the back­bone of the na­tion,” he said, adding that his pri­or­ity would be on the up­lift­ment of ru­ral liveli­hood through var­i­ous poli­cies. He also plans to re­visit the cur­rent poli­cies that have not brought pos­i­tive im­pacts to the na­tion. “There are other is­sues and poli­cies where peo­ple are im­pacted neg­a­tively. Time has come for the pol­icy mak­ers to re­view which I am plan­ning to work on it with proper con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said He added that mod­ern agri­cul­ture has still re­mained back­ward and if not ad­dressed it would com­pel the youth to add to the in­creas­ing trend of ru­ral-ur­ban mi­gra­tion.

“The prices of farm prod­ucts like car­damom and ginger, a pri­mary source of earn­ing for the farm­ers, have fallen and the time has come for the govern­ment’s nec­es­sary in­ter­ven­tion in their fa­vor. I would look into de­vel­op­ing fa­vor­able na­tional pol­icy for these farm­ers which is my main pledge,” he said.

As a son of a farmer, Hem Ku­mar Ghal­ley has also worked on co­op­er­ate farm­ing in his vil­lage where he plans to use his ex­pe­ri­ence in ex­plor­ing mar­ket situations and be the voice of the peo­ple.

He said that Chukha Dzongkhag be­ing one of the high­est earn­ing Dzongkhags equally has poverty stricken pop­u­la­tion at the ru­ral ar­eas.

“This means that there are enough scopes of earn­ing but have not reached the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, re­sult­ing in earn­ing gap. I will also fo­cus on the pos­si­bil­i­ties where those de­prived vil­lages will have the ac­cess to earn­ing,” he said. Given that the com­mer­cial hub of Phuentshol­ing Throm, the in­dus­trial es­tate in Pasakha and Ch­hukha hy­dropower plant are all within Chukha Dzongkhag, Hem Ku­mar Ghal­ley plans to let the peo­ple reap the full ben­e­fits from such in­sti­tu­tions by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lo­ca­tions within the Dzongkhag.

“Still peo­ple need right di­rec­tions to reap their eco­nomic ben­e­fits through var­i­ous mea­sures. And I will ex­plore ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity,” he said, as­sur­ing that peo­ple are least im­pacted by these es­tab­lish­ments but ben­e­fit­ting more through com­pen­sa­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for them. Hail­ing from Ramitey in Phuentshol­ing ge­wog, Hem Ku­mar Ghal­ley has also taken part in the 2013 elec­tions as a can­di­date from Druk Chir­wang Tshogpa.

“Through that ex­pe­ri­ence, I am plan­ning to move ahead as I have wit­nessed a lot,” he said. Hem Ku­mar Ghal­ley also plans to fo­cus on pro­vi­sion of ef­fi­cient pub­lic ser­vice de­liv­ery and na­tion’s safety and se­cu­rity, ad­dress the hous­ing prob­lems in Phuentshol­ing, recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and de­prived par­ents in old age homes. “I will also work on bring­ing bal­anced so­cio eco­nomic devel­op­ment and good gov­er­nance, which are the pil­lars of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness,” he said.

With the slo­gan “To­gether with new thought and new leader”, Hem Ku­mar Ghal­ley be­lieves that team work can turn even the im­pos­si­ble to pos­si­ble. He said with a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple’s sup­port he is con­test­ing for the Na­tional Coun­cil elec­tions.

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