Tshering Penjor who has decided to contest in the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Sarpang believes lay jung drey and tha damtsi as the greatest human values.

From Khatoe in Jimechholing gewog, Tshering Penjor did his in BA in Political Science from India in 2010. He also holds an honours degree in Political Science.

He previously served as a contract teacher for Budashi Primary School in Zhemgang after which he worked as a programme officer with Music of Bhutan Research Centre for five years.

The 30-year-old said he has been interested in politics since his childhood days. “My family and friends are supportive of my interest.”

He said he is participating in the NC election, as he believes in making the best use of His Majesty The King’s gift of democracy to serve the Tsawa Sum.

He aspires to make appropriate laws, ensure that policies are applied uniformly, and educate people on various laws such as the Land Act, the Inheritance Act, the Marriage Act and the Constitution.

His aims to promote Sarpang as one of the leading dzongkhags in organic farming, promote understanding of law, enable conditions for healthy rural livelihood, and promote 100 percent enrollment in Non-Formal Education programme.

If elected he said, he would provide his services in promoting unity, solidarity and social harmony, facilitate review of policies on chhuzhing, kamzhing and tseri land cultivation, promote conservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritages, and conduct regular consultations with local government and the public.

Tshering Penjor said he would also serve as a bridge between the government and the people and facilitate the review of the Local Government Act. “I pledge to listen to the perspectives of others and to be sensitive to people’s needs to create a culture of honest communication based on mutual respect.”

Karma Cheki