Na­tional pri­or­i­ties and goals

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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.

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