The former Heal th Secretary, Dasho Dr Gado Tshering who resigned “on moral grounds” after the health ministry was enmeshed in the corruption controversy, is now planning to join politics.
However, he has no plans of forming a new party but will be joining one of the existing or new ones “in accordance with his people’s will”.
While visiting his home place in Haa, people whose homes had been destroyed by the earthquake and the sick, old, and disabled requested him to represent them in the political arena.
“I asked people and some of the village heads of my constituency to come together and decide which party they want me to be with,” said Dasho Dr Gado Tshering, adding that a Member of Parliament should always consult with his or her constituency while choosing a party.
“I have enjoyed glamour, experience, education and recognition. Now it is time to give back and serve the people,” he said.
Dasho Dr Gado Tshering said that political parties have extended invitations to join in the capacity of a candidate. However, has not yet responded as there is still time during which he will learn about their ideologies. Dasho Dr Gado Tshering is not ruling out anything because he is expecting “issues to clear up”.
Talking about the present political parties, the former secretary said he has heard of the two existing parties but has little knowledge about the emerging ones like Social Democratic Party (SDP) whose focus is on collective decision though their ideology is not socialism.
He said he is still confused over what Druk Mitser Tshogpa (DMT) meant when its spokesperson recently said that the party is waiting for all charges to be cleared against prospective candidates. And he is not sure whether this type of pre-condition will attract potential candidates. He feels it may be one of the ways to pressure the government and agencies concerned to tackle corruption cases on time but “mixing too many things together will disenable the next timely elections as per the Constitution”.
“Having worked as a secretary with the ruling government for five years, I know its main emphasis is on building a good democracy but certain changes in the structure and pattern of leadership should be addressed,” he said. “ It is time to groom the inexperienced but aspiring politicians .”
On Gross National Happiness (GNH), he shared that the present government seems to drag and politicize it too much when it should be treated only as a policy. “The government is artificially projecting Bhutan as a happiness country when there are so many problems,” he said.
“It is selling GNH to other countries and getting mileage out of it.” Talking about his resignation, he said that he openly gave up because things were not running well since he took up office for six years and also it paved the way for younger generations.
“In no way have I ever knowingly or unknowingly involved in corruption or let anyone do so. And that will be my stand even if I join politics,” said Dasho Dr Gado Tshering. He reminded that he will not compromise in terms of government resources and property utilization. At the moment, Dasho Dr Gado Tshering is working with Dr Sonam Drukpa on starting a diagnostic clinic