Assembly deputy speaker had only to move a motion to amend some Acts in connection with Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president’s recent resignation to spark debates carrying subtle messages.
Gauging from the debates on the issue, it sounded like one side felt its pride being thinned out with the former prime minister’s refusal to return in the opposition, while the other seemed to have reasons for the move its president made but chose not to delve into [... Read More]
The country’s economic dreams are getting a shake, a reality check, what with one hill at the 1,200MW Punatsangchhu I site sliding and bringing construction work at Bhutan’s largest hydropower project to a standstill.
Experts are still in the process of exploring the unstable zone, on which one side of the 136 metre high dam will rest, to map out stabilisation measures, but preliminary reports have confirmed the project is likely to get delayed by at [... Read More]
The elections are over. We have elected a government and an opposition party. The parliament is in session, yet the parliamentarians are still discussing, sometimes even arguing over, if political parties had violated election laws.
While it is an interesting discussion, some people are asking if there was any point in discussing if the two parties had violated election laws or regulations. This is because the matter, if deemed serious, should have been handled before the [... Read More]
The government’s pledge to furnish every gewog with Nu 2M is viewed with much skepticism and dubiety.
Perhaps the uniform amount for all gewogs disregarding their sizes, poverty levels and population might not be all that well thought out, but it is for the people to gauge, whether the manner of allocation is fair or not.
Many an activity besides those already in the plan do exist in many villages within various gewogs and the amount the [... Read More]
The reasons are obvious why any situation that stalls progress of construction of mega hydropower projects like the Punatshangchhu I becomes a serious concern.
With the country’s economic dreams all placed in the hydropower basket, any situation, geological or otherwise, that could result in delays to harness clean energy of the perennial snow fed rivers has wide ranging implications.
With the right bank of the Punatshangchhu I project site, where one end of the dam will rest, [... Read More]
The new government will be addressing poverty in the country with a different and a broader approach. This is a welcome initiative given that poverty reduction has been the central theme for the last many years and yet we still have a significant number of people under the poverty line.
Going by the 11th Plan report presented in the National Assembly, by the end of the Plan in 2018, we should have reduced poverty on a [... Read More]
The 11th Plan, presented yesterday to the National Assembly, shows that Bhutan is still a donor dependent developing country, with poverty and service delivery issues, despite the impressive GDP per capita within the region.
Which is why the overall objective of realising self-reliance and building up other sectors of the economy besides hydropower makes perfect sense.
That Bhutan has been putting all its eggs in the hydropower basket for economic prosperity has been a nagging concern for [... Read More]
The National Assembly yesterday endorsed the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal, the first year of the 11th plan, after several hours of deliberations that tended to be repetitive.
This was because quite a few members of the opposition stood up to express the same view. It centred on the pay raise and housing allowance the ruling party had promised during its economy-focused election campaign earlier this year, within the first 100 days of assuming office.
The new [... Read More]
It is disheartening to learn that abuse of power continues to be a major concern going by what the country’s anti-graft agencies have reported.
Anti-Corruption Commission report stated that more than 30 percent, or more than 130 complaints of almost 450 in total it received between April 2012 and April 2013 were concerning abuse of power.
Such abuses were mostly in the form of favouritism, nepotism, or patronage, besides bootlicking to gain favours or personal benefits and [... Read More]
The discussions on the state of mining in the country and its apparent shortcomings, one of the first issues to be taken up by the new council, are expected to continue today.
Last Friday’s deliberations went on for four hours, where councillors debated on who had the final authority, the relevant ministry, or the people that might be affected by the presence of a mine.
There were also other issues, of relevant government agencies not sharing information, [... Read More]