His Majesty awards Druk Thuk­sey, na­tional or­der of merit

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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.

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