Exiled refugee leaders of Bhutan form a joint front; Revised tariff structure to be operationalised by 2011
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  • A new momentum to bring about democracy in Bhutan is gathering pace as the exiled refugee leaders have formed a joint front under the leadership of Druk National Congress (DNC) chairman R.K. Dorji. Major political parties –- Druk National Congress (DNC), Bhutan People's Party (BPP) ,Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP) and Bhutanese Movement Steering Committee (BMSC) conducted a meeting on August 22, 2010, and decided to form a united front.1 Meanwhile former Foreign Minister and Chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF), Upendra Yadav in a meeting with refugee leaders on August 22, 2010, stated clearly that Nepal in the absence of Indian intervention would not be able to push the cause of repatriation with the Bhutanese government.2

    At domestic front, as per the revised power tariff structure in Bhutan, subsidies to High Voltage users will end by 2011. For the medium voltage (MV) users, subsidy will end in 2020. However, the policy does not state about the subsidy for the low voltage (LV) or household users. At present around 70 percent of the domestic power consumption in Bhutan is absorbed by high voltage industries.3