Govt. approves 12th FYP
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.”