His Majesty awards Red Scarf

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

On the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion of Zhab­drung Ku­choe and co­in­cid­ing with the Nam­ing Cer­e­mony of His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey, His Majesty The King granted the Red Scarf to three in­di­vid­u­als in recog­ni­tion for their ser­vices to the country and peo­ple.

The re­cip­i­ents are Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den, Karma Pen­jor, and Dr. Tob­gyel Wangch­huk.

Zhabto Ly­onpo Dasho Dorji Cho­den is the min­is­ter of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ments. Dasho Karma Pen­jor is the sec­re­tary of Drat­shang Lhentshog. Dasho Dr. Tob­gyel Wangch­huk is the Royal Physi­cian.

Zhabto Ly­onpo Dasho Dorji Cho­den have bach­e­lor’s de­gree in civil engi­neer­ing from Birla In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Ranchi, In­dia and have Master of Arts in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Maxwell School of cit­i­zen­ship, Syra­cuse Univer­sity, New York.

Dasho have work un­der var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties un­der var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions be­fore be­com­ing the min­is­ter. Ac­cord­ing to her re­sume, Dasho have over ten years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at mid and se­nior level ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in the Royal Civil Ser­vice.

As the first fe­male en­gi­neer in Bhutan, she have ad­vo­cated for new roles and pro­fes­sional stand­ing of women in the country. Ac­cord­ing to the re­sume, although there is no dis­crim­i­na­tion of women in Bhutan, but the tra­di­tional stereo­type roles of women have limited their ad­vance­ment in car­rier growth. The re­sume stated that through in­ter­views and meet­ing fo­rums, Dasho have been able to in­spire young women to en­ter into tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion.

Dasho have also un­der­taken var­i­ous con­sul­tancy works on gen­der equal­ity and women’s em­pow­er­ment agenda. She has also work as As­sis­tant Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive un­der the Poverty port­fo­lio un­der UNDP Bhutan Country Of­fice and also served as one of the first Com­mis­sioner’s for the newly es­tab­lished of­fice for Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan from 2006 till mid 2008 be­fore join­ing pol­i­tics.

An­other re­cip­i­ent of red scarf, Dasho Tobgyal Wangch­huk has MBBS from All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ence, Delhi. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion he was posted in Gele­phu gen­eral hospi­tal as Gen­eral District Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer (GDMO) then posted as district med­i­cal of­fi­cer (DMO) at Sarpang Dzongkhag. He also has M.Sc ENT In­sti­tute of Medicine 1 from Yangon. Then he was posted at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal (JDWNRH) as ENT Sur­geon.

Then he was posted at Gele­phu Hospi­tal as Med­i­cal Su­per­in­ten­dent and then head of JDWNRH. He was also re­cip­i­ent of Drakpoi Thuk­sey as mem­ber of emer­gency med­i­cal team (EMT) un­der the Min­istry of Health and re­cip­i­ent of Kab­ney Patang from His Majesty The King in 2010. He is cur­rently serv­ing as Royal Physi­cian. He was also the team leader for Bhutan Earth­quake Re­lief Med­i­cal Team for Nepal.

Dasho Karma Wangchuk Pen­jor who was the re­cip­i­ent of red scarf yes­ter­day has a master’s de­gree in de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment from Asian In­sti­tute of man­age­ment from Manila, Philip­pines. He was also the re­cip­i­ent of schol­ar­ship for un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies from His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo and first Bhutanese re­cip­i­ent of World Bank/Columbia Univer­sity Eco­nomic Pol­icy Man­age­ment Grad­u­ate Pro­gram Schol­ar­ship in 1995.

Dasho has also work in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties in the var­i­ous min­istries. He has also work with Peo­ples’ Re­search Project un­der His Majesty’s Sec­re­tariat. And also as Di­rec­tor for Drat­shang Lhentshog and cur­rently he is serv­ing as Sec­re­tary for Drat­shang Lhentshog.

He was also the chair­man of Bank of Bhutan Limited (BoBL) from 2008 till March this year, Chair­man of Kuensel from 2015, chair­man of Nat­u­ral Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Limited (NRDCL) from this year , a mem­ber of Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren (NCWC) and for Re­spect Ed­u­cate Nur­ture and Em­power Women (RE­NEW).

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