Forty-three year old Kinley Wangchuk, the principal of a private school in Thimphu has resigned to contest the National Council (NC) elections next year from Yewakha village under Barp gewog in Punakha.
Kinley Wangchuk is the lone candidate from his gewog. As of now there are 10 aspirants from Punakha.
He served as a Dzongkhag Education Officer (DEO), principal and as teacher for 18 years.
Most recently, he served as principal at Desi higher secondary school in Thimphu.
He has completed his Bachelors of Education from National Institute of Education from Paro and has a Masters in Public Administration from Noida International University in India.
Kinley Wangchuk said he wants to contest the council elections because law is the foundation of happiness and the council is one body which upholds the law to build up the foundation of happiness.
“The NC is the house of review and lawmaking body therefore I would like to contribute to it in order to create a conducive environment for our society to enjoy peace and happiness for all times,” he said.
Kinley Wangchuk is the son of a farmer and has well experienced the hardships of a farmer. Also having worked for more than six years as DEO at Punakha, he said he knows the issues his people face.
If he is elected, he wants to legislate and review laws in consultation with the people and also establish a constituency office in the dzongkhag to serve people in a closer and better way.
Further, he hopes to come up with a strategic plan to address identified problems and issues in the dzongkhag.
“I am not contesting to land a high profile job but to serve my people,” he said.
Kinley Wangchuk added that during his active tenure as civil servant he has familiarized himself with the people of Punakha.
“Being a representative of the people, I feel that we must represent our people in the best manner possible while reviewing and amending the laws,” he said, “It is of paramount importance that all MPs must have regular proper consultations with their people.”
“Unlike the current serving candidates who do not take much initiative, I want to be pro-active in bringing about change in my community,” he said.
Kinley Wangchuk said that if elected he wants to focus on social services which his community has not seen for the past decade.
“I would also work toward creating a happy and peaceful GNH society,” he concluded.
Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu