People of Norbugang, Samtse, and Phuentshogpelri gathered to witness the general election public debates conducted at dzongkhag yargay tshogdu (DYT) hall on Sunday.
The candidates from the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) shared their manifestos with the people, and pledged to fulfill their party promises if they win the 2013 general election.
The DPT candidate of the Pugli-Samtse constituency, Rebecca Gurung holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bangladesh, and served as a civil servant for seven years. She was working in private company before joining the DPT.
Speaking at the event, she said that the party would qualitatively complete the targets of the coming 11th five year plan, reduce the poverty rate to 5%, solve the issues of unemployment, promote security, sovereignty, and independence of the country.
The DPT candidate also pledged to build road en-route between Samtse and Phuentsholing through the gewog, improve of the existing road connectivity by constructing more roads, and a bridge where needed, and solve the water shortage problems.
Regarding improvement in the agricultural sectors, she promised to provide farmers with a better and high yielding variety of seeds. She also pledged to provide a power tiller for the farming community, and provide better access to irrigation facilities also.
Rebecca Gurung further pledged to improve the existing health and education services, as well as to establish new ones, and protect land from degradation by enhancing the protective measures.
The Phuentshogpelri constituency PDP candidate is D.N. Dhungyel. He has a master’s degree in business management, and a bachelor’s in commerce from Sherubtse College. He worked at Bhutan Ferro Alloy Limited (BFAL) as a marketing manager for 10 years, and was a private entrepreneur before joining politics.
He assured ‘power to the people’ in aspects of political freedom, economic freedom, and societal freedom talking about his party’s philosophy of ‘Wangtse Chhirpel.’
D. N. Dhungyel promised to provide happiness to the people by involving them in the decision-making process of the government.
The party manifesto includes allocating an annual budget of Nu 2 million in every gewog under the jurisdiction of the gewog administration.
The PDP Phuentshogpelri candidate also promised to promote a better relationship between the government and the local government.
He also talked about the promotion of the economic development mainly through private sector development. The PDP party manifesto also highlights the community development though qualitative education and health development, better communication facilities, solving unemployment issues, women empowerment, better access to facilities in the gewog centres, and improving agricultural and animal husbandry to enhance the income of the people.
He promised to turn Samtse into a town A, and not to leave a single target of 11th five year plan un-turned.
“To have change, vote for PDP,” he told the people.
The dzongda, dzongrab, ECB officials and government servants also attended the event.
The absence of Rebecca Gurung during the question and answer round lead to come irate comments and questions by audience members. They said that this was in the trend of past Samtse MPs.
Thukten Zangpo / Thimphu