From teaching to National Council aspirant

Believing that joining the National Council (NC) is a shorter and more impactful route to serve people, former teacher Tenzin Samdrup has declared his candidature for the council from Dagana.

Tenzin Samdrup holds a B.Ed in English from Paro College of Education from where he graduated in 2005. He has been a teacher for the last 12 years but now he wants to be part of the upper house so that he can frame laws and serve people with singular focus and dedication.

The 39-year-old from Tseza gewog in Dagana said he wants to dedicate himself to the service of Tsa-wa-sum with humility and also uphold the constitutional right to serve people and offer them a choice of leadership.

Talking to Business Bhutan, he said that he wants to back issues raised by people with evidence and research. “With my experience in language, I feel I can do justice in raising issues,” he added. Tenzin Samdrup said that if elected, he would focus on policies related to development and look into ways to protect and look after the welfare of elderly citizens in the country. Other issues he would give special attention to are youth issues and empowerment, commercialization of agro-products and marketing in his dzongkhag and balanced regional development prioritizing sectors like roads and small cottage industries.

Tenzin Samdrup, after getting a lot of encouragement from his community and friends, decided to take the leap. “I am a selfless man and want to serve my people from the heart,” he said.

He feels that since voting is a fundamental right for every individual, people should vote for those who will serve and not lord over them. “The right to franchise is a priceless gift from the throne. People should use it wisely.”

Chencho Dema from Thimphu