The former Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) Director, Tashi Norbu has joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ‘to bring equality among the civil servants’.
He resigned as the Executive Director of the autonomous Health Trust Fund making him one of the seniormost serving civil servanst to join politics.
He will contest from the Khar-Yurung Constituency under Pemagatshel Dzongkhag standing against the incumbent DPT MP who is the Health Minister Lyonpo Zangley Drukpa.
During the 2008 elections he was approached by PDP but he couldn’t participate due to some personal problems. However for this election he is comfortable to join politics. “It’s high time for me to join politics since I am 51 years old now,” he said.
He has a Masters in Education from University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Apart from PDP he was approached by other parties such as Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT).
“I chose to join PDP since it was in first round and will be in second round also. Therefore the party is well-recognized and chances are there for the party to win,” he said. Besides that, he was inspired by the party manifesto and PDP’s motivation to do away with youth unemployment and bring equality for every civil servant.
Asked about the present scenario on Youth unemployment he said the situation has turned out to be miserable and many youths are still unemployed. He suggested the government to be open instead of remaining conservative.
“There are 10 Ministries and within that several departments are there but Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) door is not open. Limited jobs are provided by them,” he said.
Speaking on his contribution, should he win in the elections, he said he would make a firm stand on equality among the civil servants by improving the housing rent allowances.
“Ministers, Secretaries and Members of Parliament get house rent allowances of 20% but civil servants don’t. Why is there difference in it? There is no equality and justice,” he said. Therefore he said providing 20% house rent allowances for civil servants which includes the corporate sector is essential.
His two big promises are, therefore, a 20% housing allowance for civil servants and also complete youth employment.
Providing amenities for the rural population and happiness to the Nation are others in his list of priorities.
Meanwhile, as a Principal he had some milestone achievements for Punakha Higher Secondary School (PHSS) and Jigme Sherubling Higher Secondary School (JSHSS) in Khaling under Trashigang dzongkhag.
“During my tenure as a Principal for PHSS from 1989-1994, the Fourth King awarded the school as the Best High School,” he said. And in all the consecutive years the school produced series of school toppers and reputation of the school was very good.
After that, from 1995-1997 he had similar achievements in JSHSS. In addition to improving the academy, the outlook of school was improved. Also special advantages were provided for Blind students in the school.
After 19 years of experience in the education sector where he built a formidable reputation as one of Bhutan’s best educators he became the Haa Dzongda for five years. As a Dzongda he could get excess private land for Lhakhang Karpo, which former Dzongdas couldn’t get in the past.
“Before Lhakhang Karpo had limited space, with the excess land the Lhakhang became spacious and comfortable,” he added.
Meanwhile the Opposition Leader (OL) Tshering Tobgay said “PDP is happy to have him on board at a time when the country needs good leaders.”
The OL said Tashi Norbu has already established himself as a leader. “Good results just followed him everywhere,” OL Tshering Tobgay said. “As a school principal, he was one of the best in the country and when he was in Punakha and Khaling, both schools produced some of the brightest students in the country.”
As the director of RSTA, he brought many reforms including a transport vision for the country. With his sheer hard work and dedication, he excelled as a civil servant and brings with him invaluable experience and understanding to the PDP team.
“He will be a valuable part of the PDP team. We are confident that he will continue to serve the King, country and the people as an important member of the PDP family,” said the OL.
The candidature of Tashi Norbu will strengthen the PDP’s base in eastern Bhutan as until recently the party did not have enough prominent faces from there.
According to some of Tashi Norbu’s civil service colleagues he is an honest, hardworking and likeable person.