New cab­i­net min­is­ters to re­ceive Dakyen on Wednes­day

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing of­fi­cially de­clared the names of new Cab­i­net Min­is­ters on 3 Novem­ber in Thim­phu. The min­is­ters- elect will re­ceive Dakyen from His Majesty the King on 7 Novem­ber, af­ter the 10- day pe­ti­tion pe­riod which ends on 6 Novem­ber.

Speak­ing at the press con­fer­ence, Prime Min­is­ter said that the DNT dur­ing its cam­paign pro­posed for change in gov­er­nance, ideas, pro­fes­sional con­ducts and ap­proaches to tackle per­ti­nent is­sues. “To bring changes, we have a unique set of cab­i­net team,” he said, adding change is must in the demo­cratic process.

To en­sure re­gion­ally bal­anced cab­i­net, Prime Min­is­ter said was an im­por­tant cri­te­rion. “We have rep­re­sen­ta­tive from all the re­gions,” he said, adding there are three rep­re­sen­ta­tives each from east, west and south, and one from cen­tral.

Dasho Sherub Gyelt­shen from Mon­gar is ap­pointed as min­is­ter for home and cul­ture, while Dorji Tsh­er­ing and Ugyen Dorji from Trashigang is min­is­ters- elect for works and hu­man set­tle­ment, and labour and hu­man re­sources re­spec­tively.

The for­eign min­is­ter­elect, Dr Tandi Dorji from Pu­nakha, health min­is­ter- elect Dechen Wangmo from Thim­phu and min­is­ter- elect for fi­nance, Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing from Paro rep­re­sents west re­gion.

In the south, Karma Don­nen Wangdi is ap­pointed as min­is­ter for in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Jai Bir Rai, min­is­ter- elect for ed­u­ca­tion and Lok­nath Sharma is min­is­ter- elect for eco­nomic af­fairs while, Yeshey Pen­jor from Trongsa is min­is­ter­elect for agri­cul­ture and forestry from cen­tral.

Prime Min­is­ter said that the port­fo­lio has been as­signed con­sid­er­ing in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ten­cies and per­sonal pro­fi­cien­cies. How­ever, he said was not nec­es­sar­ily in tune with ed­u­ca­tional or pro­fes­sional back­ground.

DNT's spokesper­son and Min­is­ter- elect for for­eign af­fairs, Dr Tandi Dorji ear­lier at the press con­fer­ence, said that the com­mit­tee has taken a

lot of cri­te­ria in se­lect­ing the can­di­date for min­is­te­rial posts. “We looked at the per­for­mance of the can­di­date, their ca­pa­bil­i­ties, how they can in­ter­act and their back­ground among oth­ers.”

Dr Tandi Dorji also said that there has been a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the ap­point­ment of the cab­i­net min­is­ters which could have taken place by 30 and 31 Oc­to­ber. Since the Dakyen is go­ing to take place only on 7 Novem­ber, he said, “We had been asked to con­tinue work­ing on the lists.”

The dhar of­fer­ing cer­e­mony of the rul­ing party for the Prime Min­is­ter, the Cab­i­net Min­is­ters and the mem­bers of par­lia­ment would be held on 7 Novem­ber. The cer­e­mony for min­is­ter-se­lect will be held in their re­spec­tive min­istry and MP- elects in their of­fice.

For the con­ve­nience of the pub­lic, Dr Tandi Dorji said the gov­ern­ment de­cided all 30 mem­bers in­clud­ing the cab­i­net to held Ten­drel on the same day. “This is be­ing done so for the con­ve­nience of all the peo­ple who would like to come, par­tic­u­larly for large ma­jor­ity of our sup­port­ers who would like to come at once to see all of us.”

He said, “If we have dif­fer­ent day for MPs and cab­i­nets, then it will be in­con­ve­nience for many of our sup­port­ers who are com­ing from other Dzongkhags.”

There would be no Chep­drel cer­e­mony and dances on the Ten­drel day. Dr. Tandi Dorji said, “The cer­e­mony would be a fairly tra­di­tion as sim­ple as pos­si­ble.”

Upon re­ceiv­ing a Kasho from His Majesty the King, ap­point­ing Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa Pres­i­dent Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing as the Prime Min­is­ter, he sub­mit­ted the names of Min­is­ters to His Majesty the King.

The Ar­ti­cle 17 ( 3) states that The Druk Gyalpo shall ap­point Min­is­ters from the mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly, on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter, or shall re­move a Min­is­ter on the ad­vice of the Prime Min­is­ter.

The new gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to com­ply with all the pro­vi­sions that are in the Con­sti­tu­tion and the acts to fol­low the pro­ce­dures in place. “The process will con­tinue to dis­cuss once we take over the gov­ern­ment,” Dr Tandi Dorji said.

The gov­ern­ment is also yet to dis­cuss the date for the first ses­sion of the par­lia­ment since the in­aus­pi­cious month ( dhana) starts from 8 Novem­ber, af­ter the Ten­drel.

The new Cab­i­net Min­is­ters of the Third Na­tional Assem­bly from Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa de­clared yes­ter­day and will re­ceive the Dakyen from His Majesty The King on Wednes­day.

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