Youngest council aspirant from Paro inspired by former US President, Barack Obama

Twenty-eight year old Jangchub Dorji who runs a successful family mushroom growing business in his own hometown is the youngest National Council (NC) aspirant from Paro.

From Gatana village under Luni gewog, Paro, Jangchub Dorji completed his Bachelors in English in Environmental from Royal Thimphu College.

After completing his studies, he went back to his village and ventured into the Shitake mushroom growing business.  In the year 2013, he did internship in National Post Harvest Center for three months and later got an opportunity for Diploma training in Agriculture in Israel.

Jangchub Dorji wants to contest for the NC elections because he believes it is His Majesty’s aspiration for youth to serve people with dedication and sincerity.

According to him, there are lots of qualified and competent candidates in the country but many do not come forward. If elected, he would like to encourage youth to participate and serve as a bridge between the people and government. “Though I am young, I am confident and working in my own village and experience that I got working there is my plus point,” said Jangchub Dorji.

Inspired by the former US President Barack Obama, Jangchub Dorji also believes in equality and building support at the grassroots level. However it was because of his late grandfather that he became interested in contesting for the NC elections.

“My biggest role model is my late grandfather who has served as Gup and Chimi and has done so many things for the people and for the community. Looking at what my grandfather did, I want to follow his path,” he said.

With strong work ethic, punctuality, self-discipline and good communication skills, Jangchub is confident to compete with senior participants, face the crowd and gain as much experience as he can.

“Being a farmer’s son and also due to my mushroom business, I met people from all walks of life.  It really helped me understand ground issues.”

Apart from his business, he works with farmers and helps them during cultivation and even during the harvest season. “I had been staying back at my village and am able to understand their difficulties.  Decision making at local government level doesn’t facilitate equal distribution of services. I would like to ensure that every citizen is benefitted and that clear line of reporting is established,” he said.

“If elected I will definitely talk with the people before implementing any rules or regulation and wish to involve their views and consult them while making any new policies,” he said.

Having to walk for more than 10km every day for familiarization tour is difficult for Jangchub Dorji but it has not deterred him in any way from aiming for his goal.

Pema Seldon from Thimphu