Re­tired judge sur­ren­ders his patang and kab­ney

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

The re­tire­ment of Drang­pon Ugyen Ten­zin was a his­toric move­ment, af­ter serv­ing the coun­try for al­most 39 years in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, he sur­ren­dered his kab­ney and patang to the Chair­man of Privy Coun­cil last Thurs­day mark­ing it as a first case from the ju­di­ciary

Born in 1955 from Ura un­der Bumthang Dzongkhag, Drang­pon Ugyen Ten­zin re­tired on March 28th this year. He started his ca­reer in 1977, and served for 39 years in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties. From 1977 till 2008, he served in ju­di­ciary, as Drang­pon of Thim- phu Dzongkhag for five years. And from that till his re­tire­ment he served in His Majesty’s Sec­re­tariat. While in His Majesty’s Sec­re­tariat, he said he did not have a spe­cific post but he served as per the com­mand of His Majesty.

Be­fore tak­ing the post in His Majesty’s Sec­re­tariat, he started his ca­reer as a Tse­drung and then Ramjam and Drang­pon for five years.

Drang­pon Ugyen said that, now he will not do any work as he can­not do; more­over, to do work he said that he does not have any knowl­edge and po­ten­tial but will rather live hap­pily chant­ing prayers.

Dasho Nado Rinch- hen, a mem­ber of the Privy Coun­cil said that af­ter 2008, most of the po­si­tion had been post based. And when some­one’s leaves the post, one is sup­posed to give up the kab­ney and patang.

He added in ear­lier days, be­cause of ab­so­lute monar­chy it was fine, but now it is democ­racy. It has been in ex­is­tence since olden days of dual sys­tem of gov­ern­ment. There was cul­ture but not too clear till to­day.

If bura marp dur­ing the post is awarded by His Majesty the King then there is no need for sur­ren­der. Es­pe­cially af­ter 2007- 2008, most of them were post based, when they leave that post one is sup­posed to sur­ren­der the kab­ney and patang, he added.

Dasho Nado said that some en­ti­tled with bura marp af­ter re­tir­ing also wears a patang which they are not sup­posed to do.

Dasho San­gay Wangchug, a mem­ber of Royal Privy Coun­cil said that to sur­ren­der a patang and kab­ney, it is pres­ence from the old tra­di­tion. In ear­lier days, in the dual sys­tem of the gov­ern­ment and from the start of the hered­i­tary monar­chy, the cul­ture of award­ing the patang and bura marp had started.

Dasho San­gay added that, in that time, His Majesty had awarded upon his po­ten­tial, knowl­edge, kind heart and eti­quette mainly bura marp and then ti­tled as “Dasho”.

While, in the time of Third His Majesty, the kab­ney was awarded as post and patang as author­ity as it is of now.

Be­fore 2008, in­tro­duc­tion of the democ­racy, those who have run from the start­ing of the civil ser­vice and reaches to the high­est level upon their po­ten­tial and hard work, there was ex­is­tence of cul­ture to award bura marp, said the Dasho San­gay.

But one is the post based and other is the hon­orary awarded by His Majesty, which is for life­time.

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