His Majesty grants Dhar to the newly elected Gups

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His Majesty The King granted Dhar and Kab­ney to the Gups elected dur­ing the 2016 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, at the Sim­tokha Dzong on 13th Oc­to­ber 2016.

His Majesty has per­son­ally con­ferred the Kab­ney to Gups to highlight the im­por­tant role of the lo­cally elected lead­ers in strength­en­ing democ­racy and fur­ther­ing de­vel­op­ment at the grass­roots level.

His Majesty ex­pressed appreciation to the all the peo­ple across the coun­try who shoul­dered their sacred re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the demo­cratic process as vot­ers and as can­di­dates. His Majesty specif­i­cally men­tioned the 3,391 in­di­vid­u­als who stood for the elec­tions, and com­mended them for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment in stepping for­ward to serve the Tsa Wa Sum.

His Majesty said that the Gups have been en­trusted to work to­wards en­hanc­ing the se­cu­rity and sovereignty of our coun­try; pro­mot­ing peace, har­mony, and unity amongst our peo­ple; and up­hold­ing our tra­di­tions and cul­tural her­itage.

His Majesty said that the Gups must set good ex­am­ples, and en­sure that their per­sonal con­duct and pro­fes­sional achieve­ments are wor­thy of em­u­la­tion for pos­ter­ity.

His Majesty also re­minded the Gups of the an­cient Bhutanese adage: “The main con­cern of the King is the wel­fare of the peo­ple; the de­sire of the peo­ple is peace; and law is the foun­da­tion of a peace­ful so­ci­ety.“As Gups, they will not go wrong in car­ry­ing out re­spon­si­bil­i­ties if they place ut­most im­por­tance in up­hold­ing the rule of law, His Majesty said.

His Majesty said that we are a small land­locked de­vel­op­ing coun­try with im­mense de­vel­op­ment needs but lim­ited re­sources. In such a sit­u­a­tion, our lo­cal gov­ern­ments must en­sure the most ju­di­cious uti­liza­tion of our lim­ited re­sources so that our peo­ple, the ul­ti­mate ben­e­fi­cia­ries, de­rive the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from the process eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Ev­ery year the vol­ume of work will grow and ac­cord­ingly ex­pen­di­tures will also rise. The big­gest risk in such a sit­u­a­tion is that of ris­ing cor­rup­tion and fraud. As we com­plete the 11th Plan and em­bark on the 12th Plan, the Gups must be ever vig­i­lant and de­mand­ing on set­ting higher stan­dards for them­selves and oth­ers.

As we work to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a vi­brant and strong democ­racy, of all the im­por­tant tasks, peo­ple’s par­tic­i­pa­tion is the most im­por­tant. Whether it is par­tic­i­pa­tion in elec­tions or in vil­lage Zom­dus, ask­ing ques­tions or clar­i­fy­ing doubts, our peo­ple must con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively and mean­ing­fully in all as­pects of lo­cal gov­er­nance to en­sure the suc­cess of lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

His Majesty said that the Dhar for the Gups is granted from the Golden Throne in recog­ni­tion of the im­mense im­por­tance at­tached to lo­cal gov­ern­ments. There is ev­ery like­li­hood to wrongly per­ceive our lo­cal gov­ern­ments as the low­est level of govern­ment. In real­ity, it is the most im­por­tant level of govern­ment– near­est and clos­est to our peo­ple.

The cer­e­mony was held at the Sim­tokha Dzong, which is sig­nif­i­cant and sacred as the first Dzong built by Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel.

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