PDP preparing report on pledges

Of the total 33 first 100 day pledges reflected in its manifesto, only eight remain unfulfilled


Left with less than a year to complete its term, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has fulfilled many of its pledges.

In fact, of the total 33 first 100 day pledges reflected in its manifesto, only eight remain unfulfilled.

Pledges that have not been fulfilled so far include doing away with the civil service preliminary exams and launching of an allowance for senior citizens above 70 years of age.

One major pledge that remains unfulfilled is the government’s assurance of 100% youth employment. The government had also promised to introduce an unemployment benefit scheme for the youth but has failed to do so.

Further, PDP pledged to draft a legislation to ensure 20% quota for women in all elected office and study the possibilities of introducing a cap on taxi numbers in the country.

It also pledged to introduce business licenses to run taxi services which would be a prerequisite to get business. These pledges are yet to see the light of day.

The Prime Minister was supposed to assume the portfolio of at least one minister to ensure that there is no need to have too many ministers. Additionally, PDP pledged to initiate rural posting allowance for civil servants, particularly teachers, posted in rural areas. These too have not been fulfilled.

The General Secretary of PDP, Sonam Jatsho, said that the party has accomplished almost all major pledges.

“It is making a huge difference in our people’s lives every day,” said Sonam Jatsho adding that just a few pledges remain unfulfilled.

He said that to get a proper understanding of the status and impact of its election pledges, “PDP is in the process of preparing a proper report on the pledges”.

Other pledges fulfilled so far are the mandate of every hospital having three doctors including one specialist and two ambulances each plus the pledge of improving rural accessibility through the introduction of bus services between different dzongkhags and rural destinations has been fulfilled.

Bus services to gewogs with motor roads have not been introduced neither have pension scheme for private sector employees or provident fund and gratuity been introduced.

Other PDP pledges that are not fulfilled include especially advocating for rural farmers and communities affected by mining, initiating a Community Development Fund (CDF) with special incentives, streamlining tourism in the country, encouraging free foreign language training programs, sponsoring annual pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, India for citizens above the age of 65 and establishing a subsidized meal program in urban centers for low-salaried employees.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu