120 days pledges aligned with 12th FYP: DNT spokesper­son

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Dechen Dolkar from Thim­phu

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.

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