The organization will propose to the business community for a total amount of Nu 1.8mn as support for the campaign
The youth political group Druk Me-ser Nazhoen Tshogpa (DMNT) are in discussions to organize a ‘youth march’ in the capital and conduct a ‘cleaning campaign’ to create awareness on climate change, waste management, prevention of forest fire, corruption and unemployment.
The one-day campaign on unemployment will be conducted by about 700 educated unemployed youth divided into five teams that will be deployed at different locations in the capital. Three groups would consist of 100 participants each and the two remaining groups will comprise 200 participants each.
Participants will create awareness on climate change and prevention measures of forest fire through word of mouth and slogans or banners, engage in mass cleaning across Thimphu and plant tree saplings along the highways.
According to DMNT members, the campaign will “begin from clock tower and end at the clock tower, Thimphu”.
Lobzang Dorji who is a member of the young Interim Executive Committee and the head of the political wing of the DMNT youth organization said, “save for an undisclosed tentative date, the organization is yet to zero in on a convenient date to conduct the campaign.”
“It will be like a rehearsal for the National Service Program (NSP), which is the main driving factor for DMNT,” interim head of DMNT’s welfare wing, Jigme T.N Delek said.
NSP will involve the DMNT members with various manual labors irrespective of their family background. Tashi Wangchuk of DMNT’s commercial wing said NSP jobs will be created in the hydro power sector and youth housing scheme among others, as one of DMNT’s agenda is ‘no import of casual labor’ except for some skilled labor.
To strengthen the awareness program, DMNT plans to embark on the campaign with 60 banners carrying “illustrative paintings and slogans”.
The teams, Lobzang Dorji said shall deliver “persuasive speeches (informal) and oral communications to encourage and inspire the masses to be more dutiful toward the private sector and self.”
Lobzang said the banners will carry strong messages against corruption and unemployment.
“Our message will be brought forward through the mode of street theater. Where ever populous, we will perform in stages with banner. We shall explain and educate the people about unemployment crisis and how it can be solved,” he added.
“Our mission is to disseminate the facts and issues of unemployment to the educated youth of Bhutan through simple, yet effective dramatic representations of unemployment problems and consequences with the ultimate goal to make every young educated unemployed youth aware of the potential threat that would be brought about by the unemployment trend,” Lobzang said.
Sonam Tshering, a youth volunteer registered with DMNT said “the number of youth turn-out on the campaign day will bring to the notice of the government and nation about how many youths are unemployed and will help curb the issue.”
The youngsters already have a theme song for the campaign in place, composed by a member.
“Lets gear up for the new beginning, lets preserve the environment, lets green up the country, lets cheer up the private sector, let’s use votes to make it happen, lets cheer up our Nazhoen Tshogpa,” are lines from the chorus of the song.
Since the campaign is expected to entail a substantial amount of money, DMNT plans to attract generous sponsors especially from within the private sector.
The total budget to cover expenses for logistics, transportation, banners, equipments and campaign uniforms among others has been estimated to be more than Nu 1.8mn.
A few members of the business community, Lobzang said has already committed to support the program.
An active DMNT member, Arjun Singh Subba said the campaign will help educate the youth on the dignity of labor as well.
“The whole nation will be informed that Bhutan is still suffering from unemployment and at the same time those undergraduate students who are still studying will be aware that NSP will ensure their living till they get a job,” said Sonam Dhendup of DMNT.
DMNT was formed after Druk Mitser Tshogpa (DMT) dissolved in favor of a youth organization.
It is a youth-driven organization that will lobby with political parties to establish its 30 point agenda focused on youth employment.
The DMNT which mainly comprises youth leaders not affiliated to the original DMT claims to have 700 new youth members and is growing. It aims to be a youth lobby group to represent the large youth voting community in 2013. Its slogan is ‘You help us, we help you’.
Earlier, Dasho Penjor Dorji who is an adviser and one of the founders of DMNT said, “Any contesting party that wants the votes of DMNT which compromises 60% of the country’s population should incorporate our 30-point agenda in their manifesto.”
Minjur Dorji & Puran Gurung / Thimphu