National priorities and goals
The prime minister made the state of the nation of the Tsa- Wa – Sum last Tuesday as prescribed by the Article 10 Section 10 of the Constitution to the National Assembly. The Prime Minister thanked the Speaker, the Chairman of the National Council, leader of the opposition and the members of the parliament. He also thanked the guests and the people watching the national television.
Speaking on the importance of the Tsa-Wa-Sum, he said that it cannot be overstated. It defines us as a nation and people, and distinguishes us from others. It is the source of our strength and unity. As citizens of this great nation, it is our responsibility to consciously protect, nurture and strengthen the Tsa-Wa –Sum.
On the impotence of the institution of monarchy the prime minister said that the Institution of Monarchy is the bedrock of our nation, our identity and sovereignty. It is indispensable and sacrosanct. It is our source of strength and unity. Bhutan is a small country, with a small population and with limited resources. He said that our King who works tirelessly, from morning to night, day in and day out, throughout the seasons, to improve the lives of his subjects; a King who has travelled the length and breadth of our country; a King who has touched the lives of each and every Bhutanese; a King the world ad- mires and affectionately calls the Peoples’ King.
The prime minister said that this year is a very important year for all of us, as it will mark the 60th Birth Anniversary of our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo. It is an occasion to celebrate and to pay tribute to a selfless leader who devoted 34 years of his life to improve the social and economic well being of the country. The Fourth Druk Gyalpo gave us and the world Gross National Happiness as a holistic, sustainable and healthier development paradigm to achieve modernization and development.
Presenting the report the Prime Minister said that our unique healthcare and education system, which is a vital component of the pillar of sustainable and equitable socio-equitable development, is one of them. Despite being a poor country, health care and education is provided free to all the people.
The preservation of our culture and tradition seems to be an important issue as a small nation with a small population. If there is one thing that sets us apart from the rest of the world today, it is our rich and unique culture, which is widely admired by the outside world.
We are truly blessed in the state of Tsa – Wa – Sum, where our Kings always lead and guide us, inspires us to do better, give hope and confidence to our people.