Saturday, 26 July 2008

Bhutan : Govt’s own 100-day review

26 July, 2008 - On completing 100 days in office, the DPT government held a press conference at the prime minister’s office on July 24 where the ministers shared the most important achievements, policies and plans in the various sectors.

Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley said that, in the100 days, the achievements were not in terms of material productivity but in the policies to create the environment and facilitate the development process. “We’ve done a lot in that stage and we will continue,” he said.

Of the 100 days, the government spent only 44 days in office, according to the PM, who added that the number got reduced because of the half-day National Assembly sessions and public holidays.

The ten ministers informed the media on the five to six most important achievements in their ministries and the challenges facing them. They also briefed the media on future policies and development plans for different sectors.

Spending about 56 days at the NA session, the government also enacted seven bills, including the Constitution.

A grievance cell at the Lyonchhen’s office received 243 complaints, of which 99 got assistance while the rest are being considered by the concerned authorities and agencies, according to the prime minister. “On matters of kidu, they have been forwarded to the office of Dasho Zimpoen.”

Among various other issues discussed, the government assured that the goal of self reliance would be largely fulfilled by the year 2020, so that Bhutan is not always and perpetually aid-donor-dependent. “One major strategy is to realize the 10,000 MW target by 2020, beyond that we will continue to develop other power plants,” he said.

He also said that the government is committed to promote Bhutan through creating the right laws, policies and plans. “Bhutan will develop into a high quality service centre,” he said.

The prime minister said that the government is not going to measure in terms of how strong a party they have become but in terms how democracy has flourished in the country.

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