With an engineer Ugyen Lama, 28, declaring his interest to contest in the upcoming National Council (NC) elections, Tading gewog in Samtse has an NC aspirant for the first time.

The gewog did not have any candidates in the 2008 and 2013 NC elections.

From Buka village, Ugyen Lama said that he intends to bring inclusive growth in the community by representing the people. “Enhancing rural livelihood through agricultural productivity is my primary focus.”

The College of Science and Technology graduate said he would bridge the gap between the government and people.

He said it would be incorrect to make pledges of bringing development considering the mandate of NC.

Ugyen Lama has three years of work experience in a construction firm.

He said people should vote for him for his association with the people in the grassroots and understanding their problem.

Ugyen Lama’s decision to contest also comes from his belief in positive development and from the recommendations of the people in the locality.

He said he has been a part of the community’s initiatives for developmental works. “From helping in the construction of a water tank to arranging chairs and tables in the community and settling differences between youth, I helped my community in all small ways.”

He claimed that this involvement in the community encouraged him to participate in the upcoming elections. “As there was no one to represent the gewog, it is an opportunity to contest and represent the people.”

Ugyen Lama said he is concerned about rural-urban migration, problems related to destitute elderly citizens, and youth unemployment. “I can’t do everything but I can do something.”

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing