Retired judge surrenders his patang and kabney
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.