His Majesty awards Red Scarf
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).