New cabinet ministers to receive Dakyen on Wednesday
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.