A Royal Thimphu College graduate and an agriculture enthusiast got through the primary round to contest the National Council elections this year from Chhukha Dzongkhag.
Hem Kumar Ghalley is from Ramitey in Phuentsholing gewog.
The 32-year-old said he would look into policies favoring rural farmers if elected. He reasoned that most people in his community are farmers and that their livelihood is at stake from degrading agricultural productivity.
“The time has come for the government to stress more on agriculture to help these farmers as they are the backbone of the nation,” he said, adding that his priority would be to uplift rural livelihood through various policies.
He also plans to revisit current policies that have not benefitted the nation. “It is time for policy makers to review on policies which has had negative effects. I will do so in proper consultation with the local community,” he said.
He added that modern agriculture remains backward and if not addressed would fuel the rural-urban migration.
According to Hem Kumar Ghalley, the prices of farm products like cardamom and ginger, a primary source of earning for the farmers, have fallen and the time has come for the government’s necessary intervention in their favor.
“I would look into developing a favorable national policy for these farmers which is my main pledge,” he said.
He said that Chhukha Dzongkhag though being one of the highest earning Dzongkhags also has a poverty stricken population in the rural areas.
He feels there is enough scope to earn but the rural communities are not aware of it resulting in huge disparity in income. Therefore, he wants to facilitate opportunities for farmers to earn.
Given that the commercial hub of Phuentsholing Throm, the industrial estate in Pasakha and Chhukha hydropower plant are within Chukha Dzongkhag, Hem Kumar Ghalley plans to help people reap the full benefits that come from the locations.
“People need the right direction to reap maximum economic benefits through various measures. I will explore every possibility,” he said.
Hem Kumar Ghalley also plans to focus on providing efficient public service delivery and strengthen the nation’s safety and security, address the housing problem in Phuentsholing, create new recreational facilities and aid deprived elderly people.
He took part in the 2013 elections as a Druk Chirwang Tshogpa candidate.
Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing