Govt. approves 12th FYP

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Dechen Dolkar from Thim­phu

The gov­ern­ment fi­nal­ized and ap­proved the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) yesterday, ac­cord­ing to Ly­onch­hen Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing.

Fri­day marked a month since the gov­ern­ment as­sumed of­fice on Novem­ber 7.

Ac­cord­ing to Ly­onch­hen, the gov­ern­ment held its first meet­ing with the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion (GNHC) on Thurs­day and Fri­day and passed the 12th FYP.

Ly­onch­hen said that they have worked tire­lessly to pass the plan.

“The plan was kept as pro­posed by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment and we have not changed a sin­gle sen­tence,” said Ly­onch­hen.

GNHC has also done thor­ough stud­ies on the pledges of the party, Ly­onch­hen added.

The gov­ern­ment has also con­sid­ered the pledges of other three par­ties and in­cor­po­rated them in the plan.

Ly­onch­hen said that since the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment pre­pared the 12th FYP, about 80% of their pledges are in­cluded in the plan.

The gov­ern­ment has also ini­ti­ated most of the 120-days pledges.

Ly­onch­hen said that some of the 120days pledges that the gov­ern­ment has ini­ti­ated so far are form­ing of the Pay Com­mis­sion, do­ing away with Satur­day classes in the schools and do­ing away with class X cut-off point.

“In the 120-days pledges most of the pledges are to do with the pol­icy and process like re­mov­ing 5% voucher tax,” said Ly­onch­hen.

Ly­onch­hen said that the gov­ern­ment has asked re­spec­tive min­istries and agen­cies to ini­ti­ate the pledges.

“If the pledges ben­e­fit the peo­ple and na­tion, it will not take 120 days to im­ple­ment. How­ever, if the pledges im­pact the bud­get of the coun­try, the gov­ern­ment will do a thor­ough re­search on im­ple­ment­ing the pledges,” said the Ly­onch­hen.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, Ly­onch­hen also shared that around 50 to 60 pro­pos­als on con­struc­tion of new of­fice build­ings were put up to the gov­ern­ment but they were not en­ter­tained.

The gov­ern­ment has in­sti­tuted a task force to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion of the present of­fices and the need for new con­struc­tions in­clud­ing de­con­ges­tion in Thim­phu for a pe­riod of five months. “We will dis­cuss this in the cab­i­net meet­ing af­ter the task force fin­ishes work­ing on it.”

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