120 days pledges aligned with 12th FYP: DNT spokesperson
The government is confident that the 120 days pledges will be implemented within the stipulated period of time.
The government has pledged to fulfill 25 promises within 120 days after forming the government.
Minister for foreign affairs (Dr) Tandi Dorji and also the spokesperson of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) said the 120 days pledges aimed to highlight that these are the key issues that need quick interventions.
Lyonpo (Dr) Tandi Dorji said that the government is going about it by aligning these pledges with 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) and the Gross National Happiness Commission has already aligned with most of these pledges.
“Our priority right now is to get the 12th FYP passed and as soon as it is passed, we will focus on the 120 days pledges,” said Lyonpo.
Lyonpo also said that they have already initiated the process of ensuring that these pledges are being implemented.
Lyonpo added that they also have a team that is looking at how they can fast-track these pledges.
“I don’t think the pledges are difficult to implement,” Lyonpo said.
The government has pledged to establish a highlevel committee to draft the country’s new long-term vision, Bhutan: Vision 2045 to carry the nation forward, establish a dedicated water agency with a plan of action to ensure water, 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 and review the 12th Plan to include revolving fund for CSOs and funds for film and documentary promotion.
Asked about the challenges they may face in implementing the 120 days pledges, Lyonpo said that they do not think there will be any major challenges as such, because most of these pledges are already aligned with the 12th FYP.
Lyonpo mentioned that some of the pledges may require wider consultation with the authorities and agencies concerned so there might be a little delay in the implementation.
“We will try our best to fulfill the pledges within 120 days. I am confident that we will complete all the pledges in 120 days,” Lyonpo said.
He said government has already started working on these pledges; they are in the process of talking with each relevant sector on the pledges.
He said that for some pledges like “Suung Joen” app, the authorities concerned, the Department of Information and Technology and Telecom are already working on developing the application. They are also working on instituting the fourth pay commission to revise civil service salaries and allowances and education initiatives.
Lyonpo also mentioned that pledges, for instance like cabinet ministers using electric/hybrid cars for local tours are in line waiting for budget to be approved. “DNT’s first priority in education is to remove the class X cut-off point and we will ensure that it is implemented as discussed with the education ministry and GNHC.”
As for the conversion of the Samrang project into the vegetable farming project, the government has already asked the GNHC to include it in the 12th FYP, Lyonpo added.
Some of the 120 days pledges:
- Remove 5% voucher tax.
- Implement free nutritious lunch program in all schools.
- Free access, 24/7, to all online data within the country
- Institute the fourth pay commission to revise civil service salaries and allowances.
- Set up insurance schemes for farmers to protect their crops.
- Contributing to decentralization process, support tshogpas by opening offices for them at chiwogs.
- 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.
- Enumerate and provide budget to all community lhakhangs to support them to conduct annual rituals and festivals.
- Review and revise working conditions and salaries of RBP personal to ease long duty hours and appropriate compensation for additional duties.
- Initiate Sonam Gongphel project, where the government will buy farmers’ produces.
- Establish a private sector development committee led by the Finance Minister in partnership with BCCI.
- Initiate recruitment of domestic workers by reviewing and amending immigration rules and regulation.