His Majesty awards Druk Thuksey, national order of merit
As a nation celebrates the 110th National Day on 17 December, His Majesty The King awarded Druk Thuksey medals and 89 national order of merit at Lhakhang Karpo in Haa.
The award includes Druk Thuksey medals to three renowned individuals, national order of merit gold, silver and bronze to individuals in reorganization to their hard work, commitment and dedication to the country and to motivate them in the future.
A Surgeon, Dr. Lotey Tshering, 48, received Druk Thuksey medal for his contribution in the medical field and for tirelessly serving the people in need of medical treatment. He is currently leading the team of His Majesty’s Kidu Mobile Medical Unit.
Dr. Lotey Tshering also served as the technical coordinator and Chief Surgeon of Bhutanese earthquake relief team to Nepal in 2015. He was also awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion at San Francisco in 2005.
The Governor of Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), Dasho Penjore, 56, received Druk Thuksey medal in reorganization of his dedicated services over 30 years. He introduced the minimum lending rate, which resulted in lowering of interest rates.
Dasho Penjore served as the first Gyalpoi Zimpon to His Majesty The King from 2006 to 2013. He was conferred the red scarf by His Majesty The King in 2008.
The RMA is awarded the Druk Thuksey medal as an institution for contributing towards improving the financial services and for making capital accessible to the people. RMA initiated the priority sector lending guidelines to increase access to finance for youth and farmers in entrepreneurship and commercial farming.
The Chairman of the Royal Privy Council of Bhutan, Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji, 77, received Druk Thuksey medal for his dedicated services to the nation over 56 years. Lyonpo was conferred red scarf by His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo in 1975 and Orange scarf in 1991. Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji joined civil service in 1961. He was the first graduate Forester in the country. He served as the first Bhutanese Secretary General of SAARC.
The first principal of Muenselling Institute at Khaling, Einar Kippenes was awarded national order of merit, gold in reorganization of exemplary service to the nation in the field of integrated education program for the blind including skills development, vocational subjects, typewriting, weaving, gardening, basket making and cooking.
Einar Kippenes travelled to different parts of Bhutan in search of visually impaired children for admission into the institute. He worked in Bhutan for nine years from 1972 to 1981.
Werner Kuelling, 74, was awarded national order of merit, gold in appreciation of Helvetas’ assistance extended to Bhutan. Helvetas made a valuable contribution to Bhutan’s socio economic development.
Besides, the national order of merit, gold was also awarded to Francoise Pommaret, 63, for her contribution in the field of education research. She is working pro bono as an associate Professor at College of Language and Culture studies in Trongsa.
His Majesty The King also awarded national order of merit, gold to Michael Ruthland, 79 years old. He is Honorary Council of the United Kingdom to Bhutan. He served as the Science and Math teacher to His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo when His Majesty was The Crown Prince.
Dechen Dorji, 45, a Country Representative of World Wildlife Fund received national order of merit, gold for his contribution to Bhutan’s sustainable environment development. He managed to accumulate a large fund of Nu. 2,800m through project ‘Bhutan for Life’ which will go a long way in preserving Bhutan’s environment.
His Majesty The King also awarded the national order of merit, gold to five individuals from health ministry, eight from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and five individuals from different organizations.
Twenty individuals from the Ministry of Health received the national order of merit, silver and 22 individuals received national order of merit, bronze.
The award was in reorganization to their health workforce to the nation. The medal recipients have provided medical care to the patients with selflessness and made a difference in the lives of needy patients. They have also provided quality health services to the community, and rendered their services during disasters and emergencies in taking the patients to designated health facilities.
The award is to encourage the health workers to make an extra effort on improving quality of health services and provide quality care to the communities. It is also to motivate the further health workers to perform better in the health.
In the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, ten individuals received the national order of merit, silver while 16 individuals received the national order of merit, bronze.
The award was in reorganization to their service of excellence to the nation. The recipients have provided services to the nation with highest dedication and selfless effort in sustainable management of forest resources for the well being of the people and country.
The award is to encourage and motivate forestry personal to shoulder greater responsibilities in nation building through scientific management of natural resources and improved service delivery. Besides, it is also to motivate professionals to perform better in the field.
Dechen Dorji, Francoise Pommaret and Michael Ruthland were awarded the National Order of Merit.
Dr. Lotay Tshering, Dasho Penjore and Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji were awarded the Druk Thuksey.
Einar Kippenes and Werner Kuelling were awarded the National Order of Merit.