Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, the Prime Min­is­ter called on to His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty the Queen Sil­via of Swe­den

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Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, called on to His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty the Queen Sil­via, at Ho­tel Taj Tashi last Wed­nes­day.

Wel­com­ing their Majesties to Bhutan, Ly­onch­hen said that it is a great hon­our to call on to their Majesties.

His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf com­mended Ly­onch­hen on the ini­tia­tives taken in pro­mot­ing elec­tric cars in the coun­try for a sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem. The Swedish del­e­gates also ex­tended their ap­pre­ci­a­tion on the ex­ten­sion of ma­ter­nity leave from three months to six months.

Ly­onch­hen shared with their Majesties and the del­e­gates that the gov­ern­ment as of now has been able to ex­tend the six month ma­ter­nity leave to the civil ser­vants and that it is ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of pro­vid­ing the same ben­e­fits to all women work­ing in other sec­tors as well. Ly­onch­hen also said that the gov­ern­ment is work­ing on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of pro­vid­ing nu­tri­tion sup­ple­ments to chil­dren and preg­nant women. Ly­onch­hen added that there is a need to have more women rep­re­sen­ta­tives not only in the Par­lia­ment but also in other sec­tors at the high­est level.

Her Majesty the Queen Sil­via said that “Chil­dren’s Right is not just about the ques­tion of child labour but more.” Her Majesty has keen in­ter­est in Chil­dren’s Right and has car­ried out many ini­tia­tives re­lat­ing to the pro­tec­tion of the right of the chil­dren. Ly­onch­hen shared with their Majesties the ini­tia­tives taken by the Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan that con­cerns child­care. “Ba­bies oc­cupy more soft cor­ner with the ar­rival of our Crown Prince, I see our Crown Prince in ev­ery Child,” said Ly­onch­hen.

Ly­onch­hen con­grat­u­lated His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf for pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship in con­ser­va­tion ef­forts and scout­ing move­ment. His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf has been the pres­i­dent for since the found­ing of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Swe­den since 1971. Ly­onch­hen added that His Majesty the King is the pa­tron of the scout as­so­ci­a­tion in Bhutan.

The Swedish del­e­gates com­mended the progress Bhutan has made in terms of democ­racy and en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion. Ly­onch­hen said that this has all been pos­si­ble be­cause of the lead­er­ship, guid­ance and the train­ings pro­vided by our Mon­archs. Asked about the pri­or­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment, Ly­onch­hen ap­prised their Majesties that the gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­ity is to en­sure that its cit­i­zens con­tinue to en­joy peace and har­mony and that the Five Year Plan is tar­geted to­wards achiev­ing self-reliance.

The King and the Queen of Swe­den is on a State Visit to Bhutan from 8-11 June 2016.

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