Losing in the last National Council (NC) elections has only fuelled former banker Dorji Cheten’s dream to re-contest in the upcoming one.
The 38-year-old is from Pantang village under Phangkhar Gewog, Panbang Dungkhag in Zhemgang. He has a Bachelors in Commerce from Sherubtse College and a Masters in international economics and finance from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Since his childhood, he harbored the dream of serving his parents, community and country. His amateur thoughts only deepened as he obtained higher education and gained professional experience.
“This is why it was very easy for me to quit my job in 2013 and pursue my childhood aspirations. I strongly believe we all have a larger purpose in life than just making a living and name,” said Dorji Cheten.
He added that by contesting in the council elections, he would be answering the larger call of the nation.
He resigned from his position as the Branch Manager of Bhutan National Bank, Gelephu in 2013 to pursue his calling as he calls it.
He believes that the NC has an important role as the house of the review of the parliament and wants to contribute toward strengthening it.
“I am aware of local, national and international issues. I have been part of the problems but now I want to be part of long-term solutions,” he said.
With his expertise in economics, banking, finance and business, he is confident that besides assuming the role of a NC member of parliament, he can also help develop Zhemgang’s local economy.
Dorji Cheten foresees immense potential for agro-based industries and eco-tourism in Zhemgang.
“I can just envision Zhemgang abandoning its poverty stricken state making it to the top three dzongkhags in terms of annual monetary income and better education in the next few years,” he said.
If elected, he would also strive to promote value-based democracy on the principles of Tha-Damtse.
Dorji Cheten is determined to make a life-long commitment to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum through promoting social unity and citizens’ rights and responsibilities.
Pema Seldon from Thimphu