Opposition lashes govt. on bogus pledges

According to the Opposition, only 20 percent of DNT’s main pledges have been fulfilled

KARMA CHIMI | Thimphu

It has been more than three years since Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) took over the government, however, the Opposition sees that not even 20 percent of their popular pledges are fulfilled. 

This was pointed out by the Opposition Party during its first-ever press meeting on 14 January in the third democratic term. 

Opposition leader Dorji Wangdi said that the DNT government has a huge responsibility to the nation and the electorates to honor their words.

DNT has been governing the country since 2018 but most of its pledges are seen unfulfilled. Some of their popular pledges include enhancing health facilities and services throughout the country. 

The Opposition said, “The pledges of building a national referral hospital like the JDWNRH in Thimphu in the rest of the dzongkhags and to build the dzongkhag level hospital in gewogs and the gewog level in chiwogs is a massive project but if such pledges are fulfilled, it will benefit the country.”

The pledge of the provision of monthly allowances for birthing mothers and the increase of daily minimum wage from Nu 100 to Nu 450 was another pledge pronounced by DNT.

Provision of Free Wi-Fi was one of the well-known pledges but the Opposition says free Wi-Fi has actual no value given the market dynamics whereby telcos in the country will be hampered.”

Construction of the Southern east-west highway along with Construction of Sunkosh and Kuri Gongri hydropower projects and DNT also pledged to construct Maokhola Bridge in Gelephu.

“Finding one job for every household and the issuance of vehicle quota for every household in addition to the development of Sung Joen App among many pledges of DNT are still wishful thoughts of DNT,” the OL said.

Going with the hoard of unfulfilled pledges the Opposition party feels that the government should be transparent and honest with the people whether its pledges can be fulfilled. 

“It is important to ensure people do not lose trust and faith in political parties, especially the party that forms the government,” the Opposition said.