The 107th Na­tional Day cel­e­brated in Kan­glung

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor , Kan­glung

His Majesty The King cel­e­brated the Na­tional Day in Kan­glung with the peo­ple of Shar­chog Khorlo Tsip­gyed on 17th of De­cem­ber, 2014.

The cel­e­bra­tions were graced by His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Royal Fam­ily, with over twenty thou­sand peo­ple from across the east­ern dzongkhags at­tend­ing.

In an in­spir­ing Ad- dress that was viewed live by the en­tire na­tion, His Majesty ex­pressed pro­found plea­sure to cel­e­brate the sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion in Kan­glung, with peo­ple from the re­mote cor­ners of the East, and in the gra­cious pres­ence of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

“The Na­tional Day pro­vides us with mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties: to re­call the great sac­ri­fices made by our fore­fa­thers for the sake of the na­tion, to fully un­der­stand our na­tional chal­lenges, and to mo­ti­vate our­selves to do the best for the fu­ture of our na­tion. It is a spe­cial day in the year to once again recom­mit our­selves to worth­while ef­forts to serve our coun­try bet­ter,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty ex­pressed in­fi­nite grat­i­tude from the peo­ple of Bhutan to His Majesty The Fourth

Druk Gyalpo, and of­fered prayers for His Majesty’s long life and good health, in a spe­cial trib­ute.

“For the re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tion His Majesty brought to the na­tion, the peo­ple con­sider His Majesty to be the em­bod­i­ment of Rig­sum Gonpo. When the na­tion’s se­cu­rity was threat­ened, his form was like Va­jra­pani (Chana Dorji) de­fend­ing bravely the coun­try with­out fear for his life. His Majesty took the cause of well­be­ing and hap­pi­ness of his beloved peo­ple like a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Bod­hisattva of Com­pas­sion, Aval­okite­sharva (Chen­rizig). The clar­ity of His Majesty’s vi­sion­ary poli­cies that still shine and guide us in our path of good de­vel­op­ment was sim­i­lar to that em­a­nat­ing from Man­jushri (Jam­bayang),” His Majesty said.

His Majesty also shared con­cerns over cer­tain eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions, while com­mend­ing the gov­ern­ment for the am­bi­tious scale of the 11th plan, and the man­ner in which they have han­dled the 4 hy­dropower projects.

“Our na­tional am­bi­tions, and the cor­re­spond­ing work­load are in­creas­ing pro­gres­sively,” His Majesty said, de­scrib­ing the en­larged scope of the suc­ces­sive five-year plans.

“It is good to be am­bi­tious. From one stand­point, more is bet­ter and hav­ing some­thing is bet­ter than not hav­ing any­thing at all. But we must also re­al­ize that in­creased work­load com­pounds as­so­ci­ated risks and pos­si­ble fail­ures. We must ask our­selves, ‘are we will­ing and able to take on this re­spon­si­bil­ity? Can our fi­nan­cial re­sources be matched by our hu­man cap­i­tal?’”

His Majesty said that the great­est risk to na­tional de­vel­op­ment would be posed by cor­rup­tion if it is left unchecked.

“Cor­rup­tion is un­am­bigu­ous- there is no great or small cor­rup­tion. And no one can be above the law,” His Majesty said.

How­ever, a greater risk than cor­rup­tion would be to ig­nore cor­rup­tion, His Majesty said.

“When the cor­rupt are not held to ac­count, those who ob­serve due dili­gence, work hard and pro­fes­sion­ally are most likely to be dis­cour­aged. We mustn’t al­low the lat­ter to lose morale by re­ward­ing ev­ery­one in­dis­crim­i­nately, ir­re­spec­tive of his or her per­for­mance. That is why, cor­rup­tion must be cur­tailed and, more than ever be­fore, ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice must be rec­og­nized and re­warded.”

“As our na­tion marches for­ward, we will be re­quired to ex­ert tremen­dous ef­fort. But I have ab­so­lute con­fi­dence in our abil­ity to achieve great things,” His Majesty said. “We are at the cross­roads where the decision to act will make all the dif­fer­ence be­tween suc­cess and fail­ure.”

As per the tra­di­tion on Na­tional Day, His Majesty The King awarded Kab­ney and Patang, and medals to var­i­ous groups and in­di­vid­u­als in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vices to the na­tion.

4446 civil ser­vants re­ceived Ser­vice Medals, which was in­sti­tuted from 2013. In 2013, ser­vice medals were awarded to 13,807 peo­ple.

Among the re­cip­i­ents of the Na­tional Or­der of Merit were 71 teach­ers who re­ceived Gold.

Dasho Sonam Kinga, chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil, Jigme Wangmo, founder of Drak­t­sho, and Margrit El­liot, founder of Global Burn Unit, were rec­og­nized for their ser­vices to the coun­try and peo­ple and awarded the Na­tional Or­der of Merit, Gold.

Ly­onpo Thin­ley Gyamt­sho, for­mer health and ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter and for­mer chair­per­son of the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, was awarded the Druk Thuk­sey Medal.

Dasho Ch­h­wang Rinzin, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Druk Green Power Cor­po­ra­tion was awarded the Druk Khorlo Medal.

His Majesty Con­ferred the red scarf to Tashi Wangyel, em­i­nent mem­ber of the Na­tional Coun­cil, in recog­ni­tion of his learn­ing and con­tri­bu­tion to the demo­cratic process and the na­tion.

His Majesty Con­ferred the lung­mar scarf to the Prime Min­siter, Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay.

‘Lung-mar’ is a com­pounded form of two words, lungserma (red­gold) and Marp (Red). The scarf ex­isted dur­ing the time of His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo, and has been re­in­sti­tuted, with the Prime Min­is­ter as its first re­cip­i­ent.

Sim­i­lar to the bura marp, the lung­mar is con­ferred in recog­ni­tion of ex­cel­lent ser­vices to the na­tion, and does not rep­re­sent the wearer’s post. For this rea­son, the re­cip­i­ent may wear the lung­mar for life.

The Prime Min­is­ter was awarded lung­mar in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions to the demo­cratic process dur­ing his ten­ure as the op­po­si­tion leader be­tween 2008-2008, and with the ex­pec­ta­tion that he would serve equally well as the Prime Min­is­ter.

His Majesty also ex­pressed spe­cial ac­knowl­edge­ments to the Armed Forces, For­mer Chief Jus­tice of Bhutan, Ly­onpo Sonam Tob­gye, His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo, Zhung Dratshang and all other re­li­gious bod­ies, the Ex­ec­u­tive, Leg­isla­tive, and Ju­di­ciary arms of the state, the of­fices of the con­sti­tu­tional post hold­ers, and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

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