In a press conference yesterday, the Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) told the local media that the party has identified 25 areas of action for a multi-dimensional approach toward development.
The Party president Lily Wangchhuk said the selected 25 areas of action are all interconnected and interrelated.
“Therefore our approach is multidimensional,” she said. Henceforth, every Thursday DCT will call for a press conference to discuss their 25 areas of action. The Party President said that the other parties might have the same approach but DCT’s approach is different.
“Even if we fail to win the 2013 election, we would probably raise the issues through media, discuss the issue in parliament and conduct bilateral discussions,” she said. These 25 points would be kept alive.
She added that these actions are based on consultations with the stakeholders and it also represents the current challenges faced by the country. “Indeed it’s the outcome of the personal reflection and brainstorming of the members,” she said.
In addition, she said that to solve the issues or the challenges DCT encourages a participatory approach. “Whenever we identify the issues, solutions or the remedies would come from the stakeholders through proper brainstorming,” she said.
The first strategy of DCT is to establish and advance transparent and accountable governance with active citizenry. DCT believes that the essence and purpose of democracy is defeated if governance is not accountable and if people’s participation is not encouraged.
The second strategy is to promote vibrant democracy with strong, independent media and civil society. DCT after consultations with the stakeholders concluded that Bhutan needs vibrant conscience-keepers who can operate without fear.
The DCT would encourage research, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and promote economic prosperity and self-reliance. This would ensure equity, balanced regional development and the sustainable use of natural resources.
The party would minimize inequalities of income, concentration of wealth and promote equitable distribution of public facilities in different regions of the country. With that, DCT’s approach would be people-centric and address socio-economic gaps between regions, Dzongkhags and people.
With a female president, DCT draws their strength on multi-dimensional perspective and approach toward any policy decision made by the party. The party would also promote greater participation of women with gender-responsive policies and family-friendly policies.
They said that women enable understanding of the current issues and challenges in the country not only from the physical dimension but also from a multi-dimensional perspective covering psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects.
Another strategy of DCT is empowering youth for progressive Bhutan. They would provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills and abilities into their adulthoods.
For this, the party would construct an appropriate structure; creating supportive relationships, provide positive social norms and opportunities for skill building based on scientific research.
Further the party has set a target to make the society lively and free of social issues. They would ensure the regions to have access to basic necessities such as safe drinking water, food, shelter, healthcare and education, safeguard the rights and freedom of people.
Improving rural population is one of the actions set within the 25 points. It would be done through infrastructural development programs, better connectivity, rural employment, enhancement of economic opportunities, alleviating poverty and addressing human wildlife conflict (HWC) by promoting and supporting research into effective HWC solutions.
If DCT happens to win the election they would encourage excellence in service delivery and foster private sector development with supportive environment for its growth.
Rooting out corruption by correcting and addressing the systematic flaws and enhance awareness is another area set for action. Above all DCT would promote friendly relations and good will with the international community on the basis of peace, cooperation and sovereign equality of peace.
In order to promote international peace and security they would foster international law and treaty obligations and encourage settlement of international disputes by peaceful means.