Speaking to hundreds of youth gathered at the Ninda Cinema Hall at Olakha in the capital on Thursday, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President promised to provide 100% youth employment, if the party wins the elections this year.
“Unemployment demoralizes and disheartens the youth and the numbers are not alarming in Bhutan,” said PDP President Tshering Tobgay.
He said this is one of the pledges in the PDP manifestos and the job opportunities will be created through the schemes of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), National Service Program, self-employment and enhancing employment opportunities for Bhutanese workers in foreign countries.
He promised to introduce a Student Loan Scheme for students willing to pursue further studies with no interest and payable in 20 years’ timeframe. PDP aims to multiply the sports and recreational centres, and to hold informal meeting with the youths to discuss on the youth issues once in a week.
PDP candidate from the South Thimthrom Tandin Wangmo said that youth should not be reluctant to participate in the democratic process, and asked them to come forward for the country to show their patriotism and participate in the process of democracy.
In his address to the youth Tshering Tobgay talked about the 2008 elections, which was historical as it was the first democratic elections, and gave equal attribution to the 2013 elections as it is just as important and critical for the people to participate in.
Addressing the young gathering he said he would like to see change this time, a change in the attitude of the Government.
“Government must be humble, compassionate, approachable, considerate that looks forward only for the benefits of the people, and Prime Minister must serve as servant to the people not through words but through action,” he added.
He asked the citizens of the country to choose the right party from the two political parties in the general round of elections and to choose the party that will be benefit the people and go for change, which PDP stands for.