Jigmi Wangdi  

Developing the agriculture sector is a prominent concern among the five National Council candidates of Wangdue.

The five nominated candidates during the public debate on April 4, committed to upholding His Majesty the King’s vision for the country, country’s sovereignty, and people’s welfare.

Karma Dorji of Kazhi Gewog highlighted issues in the agriculture sector and outlined the required improvements. He also spoke about building a new Wangdue bridge near Bajo town. He said that this can help improve the economic conditions of businesses in Bajo.

Karma Dorji pledged that he will uphold the constitution, solve problems of the people and work to preserve the traditional and cultural symbolism of the country, which is a part of the national identity.

The candidate from Bjednag gewog, Nim Gyeltshen wants to serve as a bridge between the people and government.

With his experience in teaching and the private sector, he pledged to improve rural entrepreneurship through better access to markets for farm products to improve rural livelihoods and enhance the nation’s food security.

Ugyen, the candidate from Daga Gewog, served as a livestock and agriculture officer. He pledged to help improve food and nutrition security by supporting farmers. He also pledged to review policies to improve youth employment and review the Civil Service Act and policies to contain the brain drain.

Phub Dorji from Gangtey Gewog shared the agricultural challenges that the farmers in the dzongkhag face. He also said that one of the main reasons for civil servants resigning is corruption and partiality in the workplace.

Phub Dorji pledged to uphold the constitution and sovereignty of the country and improve good governance. He also pledged to strengthen the parliamentary functions.

Kuenley Tshering of Ruebisa Gewog talked about the significance of Information Technology (IT). With a background in computer application, he aims to improve the technological and digital services in the dzongkhag.

Kuenley Tshering pledged to make policies based on research, relevant agencies, and people’s voices. He also pledges to support IT policies to build opportunities in the field.

Ruebisa Gewog saw the highest turnout during the nomination process with 964 people voting.

From the 16 gewogs under Wangdue dzongkhag, Phangyuel, Nyishog, Phobji, Bajo Throm, Nahi, Gase Tshoggom and Gase Tshogwom, Saephu, Dangchhu, Athang, and Thedtsho did not nominate any candidates.