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Inculcate the value of education

Bhutan is what it is today because of education. ​​However, there are some communities ​still ​that do not see education as an investment. The issue of students in Laya leaving school to help their parents at home, in collecting cordyceps​,​​ and providing pony services to visitors is ​worrying even if …

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NCDs: Look beyond policy actions

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become Bhutan’s biggest health challenge. More than 5 percent of all deaths in the country is attributed to NCDs. What we need to recognise is that we are in the early stage of demographic transition. World Bank’s Bhutan NCD policy brief estimates that by 2025, the …

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The myth of decentralisation

Local governments are grassroots democracy.  Being party neither to the executive or the legislature, the local government symbolises self-governance and decentralisation. Despite laws empowering the local government​s​, there have been cases when its powers have been questioned. Zhemgang’s dzongkhag tshogdu recently resolved that all people in villages and towns have …

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Corruption of any form cannot be tolerated

Financial institutions continue to be under the radar of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Since the establishment of ACC in 2005, many corruption cases were detected. Those found involved in corrupt cases are still serving their term. In the recent memory, ACC’s most notable findings involve illegal transaction of government land in …

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The vulnerable

While on socioeconomic journey, several sections of the society have been left behind.  Our planners and policy makers call them, the vulnerable. The young and the old, the differently-abled and the unemployed, the orphans and the destitute, the drayang employees and the survivors of domestic violence are among the 14 …

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Who monitors consultancy firms?

Even as the initiative was well-meant – to address unemployment situation in the country – the government’s overseas employment programme has created more furore than calm. In the last few months, there have been many reports of Bhutanese workers abroad who were ill treated by their employers. Some of them, …

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Safety first or last?

Residential and forest fires are among the most common fire incidents reported in the country. The onset of dry season and increasing use of heating appliances makes the country more combustible. We have long been familiar with fire hazards. Poor investigation has always compelled us to assume short circuit as …

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Energy security: But more could be done

The country is expected to invest more in renewable energy sector in the next five years. This is good news. When it comes to energy, we have only invested in hydropower. This, according to experts may be not sustainable in the long run. When we talk about investment, we are …

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What does people-​centric mean?

Development has to be people- centric, more so in a society like ours that emphasises happiness of its people. As consultations for the 12th Plan gain pace, we are told are that this Plan would be peopl e – centric. While this development in planning is humane and progressive, it …

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Looking at culture and heritage presevation

Conservation is at the heart of our development policy, be it environmental or cultural. But this day we are talking about culture. This week in Thimphu, management plans for three identified cultural landscapes were presented. Plans for six cultural landscapes: Buli, Ramtoe, Ura, Nabji, Gangtey, and Rinchengang were discussed. At …

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