The urge to serve the people of Tsirang and to create an opportunity for them to improve their livelihood has pushed Anand Karki, 37, to contest for the upcoming National Council elections.

Anand also wants to ensure better quality of life in the villages by acting as the bridge between government and the people. He will contest from Gosarling gewog.

The father of two has a bachelor’s degree in Science from Kalimpong College in 2003. He completed his masters in microbiology in 2006 from Kanpur University, India.

Anand brings with him almost eight years of experience in the private sector. After graduation, he worked with Hotel Taj Tashi until 2008 and then as a contract teacher in one of the remote schools in Tsirang. In 2012 he taught at Etho Metho School in Thimphu.

This is his second time contesting the council election. In 2013, he could not make it through the gewog zomdu. He worked at a private mining company for two years as an administrative manager and has since been running a private business.

Anand says that some pockets of Tsirang need to have adequate supply of safe drinking water and sufficient water for agriculture purpose. There is a need to focus on the quality of agricultural produce, he said, which according to him can be realised through proper training and education.

“One of my targets as an aspirant NC is to express concern on the protection of old age people through pension to sustain their livelihood,” he said. Another area of concern he pointed out was youth unemployment.

He claims that having worked in two gewogs as a teacher, he got several opportunities to share his ideas with the villagers. “Election is conducted once in five years so voters should make wise decision,” he said.  “Whoever wins should serve the Tsawa-sum with dedication.”

Nirmala Pokhrel | Tsirang