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Yesterday, I was in Haa. I’d gone there to observe part of the Dzongkhag Yargay Tshogdu that was in session since the 19th of May. And to receive instructions from the members of local government’s highest body in my dzongkhag.

During the past year, there’s been a lot of talk about local governments, especially about their capabilities. My position has been very consistent: that local governments, in all 20 dzongkhags, are competent, and that they are more than able to discharge their duties as enshrined in our constitution.

Yesterday, I saw that I was right. I saw that the DYT session I attended, though only briefly, was managed very well. Discussions on every issue were vibrant. And, even on difficult matters, the level and quality of debate was of a high standard. Much higher, I’m afraid, than that of the National Assembly.

So I will continue to insist for devolution and decentralization of resources and authority to local governments. Our sacred constitution demands nothing less.