A 32-year-old former police constable, Neten, will contest in the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Mongar.
Neten from Sanadang village, Chaskhar, Mongar has served eight years with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP).
After completing class X from Mongar, Neten joined the RBP. Later he decided to do continue higher secondary education from Bajothang under Wangdue Dzongkhag. He resigned from service to complete a BA in Bhutan Himalayan Studies at the College for Language and Cultural Studies in Taktse, Trongsa in 2016.
He also received a special Medal called Drakpoi Norbu Yoesel from His Majesty in 2013.
“I was inspired to contest for NC by His Majesty’s speech that was held at Trongsa during 109th National Day in 2016,” he said.
If elected, Neten wants to bring about sustainable development across the entire country.
Contesting for the first time, his primary focus will be on rural-urban migration and he expects to address the issue of balanced regional economic development and to review policies related to youth unemployment.
Neten is concerned whether one really needs class X and XII certificate marks to get a job. According to him, vacancies require minimum 60% as class X cutoff.
“Students who study in private schools have no opportunities to apply for jobs even if he or she has graduated under Royal University of Bhutan colleges because of certain criteria. Everyone should be given equal opportunity to at least sit for an interview.”
Neten also believes that through decentralization of powers to the grassroots, issues such as vehicle congestion, waste management, rural to urban migration and housing issues can be addressed swiftly.
“If the ministry headquarters are distributed to other Dzongkhags based on landscape, I am sure that rural to urban migration will stop at one time and Gungtongs will reduce,” he said.
Neten who is confident enough to convey his vision to the people of Mongar and other Dzongkhags said: “What sets me apart from incumbent or other aspirants is my unique vision to benefit Mongar as well as other Dzongkhags.”
He further said that more than winning, the fact that he is participating is a big step for him. “I will leave the job of electing the best candidate to my people.”
Pema Seldon from Thimphu