The Bhutan National Assembly (NA) resolved that the government should implement the projects for highlanders’ development and initiate more such programmes.
The members, in a majority show of hands, decided as suggested by the ministers.
The ad hoc committee, led by opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD), submitted numerous policies and programmes to support highlanders to enhance the sustainability of their livelihoods.
The deliberation extended till the afternoon with members appreciating the work of the committee. Although all members raised the need to prioritise highlander development, they argued without direction.
For the ministers, it was an opportunity to report in depth what they were doing for the highlanders.
The ministers including the education, health, finance and foreign minister, who was also a committee member objected to endorsing the recommendations.
They said since most of the programmes and policy interventions recommended were being implemented, adopting the committee’s recommendations could only lead to duplication and problems in implementation.