These are certainly new times and with this bold promise from the DNT camps, it certainly calls for newer measures from other parties as well to up the ante.
Through its ‘Mitser Thoblam Chathrim’ or the Citizens’ Dividend Act’ the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) promises to ensure equal shares in the minerals and other natural resources.
“In Nyamrup spirit, let’s leave no Bhutanese behind,” said DNT Interim President, Jigme Zangpo.
This act called Mitser Thoblam Charthrim calls for ‘a path toward fair and just distribution of the nation’s natural wealth’.
The ‘Mitser Thoblam Charthrim’ figures among one of the seven clauses of the DNT’s seven point manifesto. It is a clause inspired by Article 1, Section 12 of the constitution that states, “The rights over mineral resources, rivers, lakes and forest shall vest in the State and are the properties of the State, which shall be regulated by law.”
Additionally, DNT highlighted Section 1 of the constitution that stated: “the sovereign power belongs to the people of Bhutan.”
Adding to the annals of the Act, the DNT Interim President said, “This constitutional mandate prompted DNT to attempt to assure that all Bhutanese receive a discernable share of the benefits from the Sovereign wealth, be it from hydropower generation, mineral extraction, or other State natural resources”.
Interpreting Article 1 and the ‘Citizens’ Dividend Act’, Jigme Zangpo said, “Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s new idea Citizens’ Dividend Act is dedicated to our people and to our future generations. It will give economic, social, and political power to the people in the true sense. We believe no Bhutanese should be left behind”.
“… We offer a vision for every citizen in 2013 elections. To make this happen, we seek your mandate to enable us to enact a law called Citizens’ Dividend Act that empowers every citizen economically, socially and politically. Once the law is enacted, it will be a path toward fair and just distribution of our nation’s natural wealth for the benefit of all people, for all times to come,” pledged DNT interim president, Jigme Zangpo.
In the offing to be accomplished are, ‘Hope, Continuity and Change’.
DNT believes that the entire citizenry must hope toward a brighter future, and ensure the continuity of policies but discard the outdated ones and those that don’t serve the people now. DNT believes in change of governance, institution building, the ‘bottom-up’ approach and support for media.
Meanwhile, the President revealed that the party is in thorough research for refining the other clauses of its seven-point contract as it is the manifesto.
As DNT waits for its registration with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), the other two parties, Bhutan Kuenyam Party (BKP) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) has already registered with ECB on the first day of the calendar year, 2013.
Puran Gurung / Thimphu