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Bhutan

Agriculture is finally getting some real place in our development strategy. What the commercial banks ought to have done long ago is now happening.

 

Bhutan has made tremendous socioeconomic progress since the first Plan. The speed with which the country marched on has been the envy of many developing and developed nations. The smallness of our size played a significant role. We have been frugal with our expenses and sensible with our plans too. We continue to look and forge ahead as a confident nation.

 

Although our fortresses and monasteries defy it, Bhutan’s geography has determined its development activities. And for long, we have heard this rhetoric being used to rationalise underdevelopment in areas that are not in western Bhutan.

 

The government announced that with India including petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the government has decided to not take any fiscal measures to make up for the revenue loss the country would incur through excise duty refund.

 

 

Even as we are in the process of restructuring our education system, our children in some quarters of this country are out of school. This is going by the latest Annual Education Statistics.

 

The High Court yesterday dismissed Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) petition for a Constitutional writ to declare the government granting fiscal incentives as unconstitutional. The Court also dismissed the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) submission of the case being subjudice.

 

Phuentsholing is a town that has been growing rapidly. And with the lack of space, congestion has been a problem for a long time. With the number of vehicles growing by the day, finding a parking space in the town is a real challenge. The town has hit its limit.

 

Local governments are grassroots democracy.  Being party neither to the executive or the legislature, the local government symbolises self-governance and decentralisation.

 

While on socioeconomic journey, several sections of the society have been left behind.  Our planners and policy makers call them, the vulnerable.

 

The country is expected to invest more in renewable energy sector in the next five years. This is good news.

 


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