DNT an­nounces cab­i­net port­fo­lios

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

The new gov­ern­ment of­fi­cially an­nounced cab­i­net min­is­ters port­fo­lio of the third demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment on 3 Novem­ber in Thim­phu.

The Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Mon­gar con­stituency, Dasho Sherub Gyelt­shen, 63, is ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Home and Cul­ture Af­fairs.

Be­fore join­ing in pol­i­tics, Dasho Sherub Gyelt­shen served as Sec­re­tary for Dzongkha De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion. He holds a bach­e­lors' in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Po­lit­i­cal Science from Univer­sity of Pun­jab.

The Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Dorji Tsh­er­ing, 39, from Radhi-Sagteng con­stituency in Trashigang was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment.

Dorji Tsh­er­ing worked as Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer for Depart­ment of Road (DoR) and he holds Mas­ters in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Aus­tralia.

Ugyen Dorji, 32, from Thrimsh­ing-Kang­para con­stituency in Trashigang Dzongkhag was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­sources.

He worked as desk of­fi­cer, SAARC and other re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions cor­po­ra­tion un­der Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. He had a Mas­ter in Pub­lic Pol­icy from Sin­ga­pore.

While, the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Nu­biTangsi­bji con­stituency in Trongsa Dzongkhag, Yeshey Pen­jor, 54, is ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forestry.

Be­fore join­ing in pol­i­tics, he worked as Project Di­rec­tor for EU GPPB project and he had a Mas­ter of Science from Thai­land.

Fifty years old, Dr. Tandi Dorji rep­re­sent­ing from Ling­mukha-Toed­wang con­stituency in Pu­nakha Dzongkhag was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs.

The found­ing mem­ber of the DNT, Dr Tandi Dorji worked as con­sul­tant, pub­lic health re­searcher and the Con­sul­tant Pe­di­a­tri­cian and Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sor. He had a MBBS and Mas­ters in In­ter­na­tional Pub­lic Health from Univer­sity of Syd­ney, Aus­tralia.

Fourty two years old, Dechen Wangmo from North Thim­phu con­stituency was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Health.

Be­fore join­ing in pol­i­tics, she worked as in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant in pub­lic health and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. She had a Mas­ter in Pub­lic Health from Yale Univer­sity, USA.

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Dogar-Shapa con­stituency, Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing, 39, was nom­i­nated as Min­is­ter for Fi­nance.

He worked as project co­or­di­na­tor for World Bank and Global Fund Project and Plan­ning Of­fi­cer for Min­istry of Health. He had a Mas­ters in Pub­lic Health from Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity in Thai­land.

Jai Bir Rai, 45, from Phuentshol­ing con­stituency was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion. He worked as Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer with AMJ Group of Busi­ness and Fi­nance Of­fi­cer with Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal and Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. He had a Mas­ters of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Nether­lands.

Karma Don­nen Wangdi, 47, from Geleg­phu con­stituency was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

He was a Na­tional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Sarpang Dzongkhag and had a Post­grad­u­ate Diploma in In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy (IT) from Nether­lands.

While, Lok­nath Sharma, 47, from Do­phuchenTad­ing con­stituency is ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs.

Be­fore join­ing in pol­i­tics, he worked as com­mu­nity ser­vice worker and re­gional head with Road Safety and Trans­port Author­ity (RSTA). He had an Ad­vance Diploma in Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and Mas­ters in Eco­nom­ics from Can­berra In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Aus­tralia.

Mean­while, the press re­lease from the DNT states that, “In all our cam­paigns dur­ing the elec­tions, DNT pro­posed for change. Change in gov­er­nance, change in ideas, change in our pro­fes­sional con­ducts and change in ap­proaches to tack­ling per­ti­nent is­sues.”

“We talked about of­fer­ing par­a­digm shifts in pur­su­ing de­vel­op­ment works and in our pur­suit of nar­row­ing the gap. To­day, as we as­sume the re­spon­si­bil­ity to gov­ern and as we put to­gether the team of Cab­i­net, we are mind­ful of the fact that we cam­paigned for change.”

The press re­lease states that, the party is happy to in­form that this group of com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als, their agents of change, is mo­ti­vated to work­ing self­lessly as they serve the coun­try and its peo­ple with all their heart.

“Thus, the Cab­i­net, in its com­po­si­tion presents it­self as a unique set of team. For the first time, a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional is at the helm of gov­er­nance. The Cab­i­net mem­bers are as young as 32 years and the se­nior of all be­ing 63,” stated the press re­lease.

Mean­while, four of the mem­bers are in their for­ties, while three each are in the thir­ties and fifties.

In en­sur­ing re­gional bal­ance, be­sides the Prime Min­is­ter, the new gov­ern­ment have three rep­re­sen­ta­tives each from West, South and East and one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the cen­tral.

“In what could be an un­con­ven­tional ap­proach, the port­fo­lio has been as­signed con­sid­er­ing in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ten­cies and per­sonal pro­fi­cien­cies, and not nec­es­sar­ily in tune with ed­u­ca­tional or pro­fes­sional back­ground.”

For the Prime Min­is­ter, Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, who is con­sti­tu­tion­ally re­quired to put to­gether the team, one main cri­te­rion was to en­sure a Cab­i­net that func­tioned be­yond norm, and pur­sued and de­liv­ered change for bet­ter.

“A per­son with ed­u­ca­tion back­ground need not be the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, nor does a per­son with health back­ground the health min­is­ter. Sim­i­larly, a per­son with fi­nance back­ground need not be the fi­nance min­is­ter. Ex­cept un­less un­avoid­able, we re­frained place­ment of can­di­dates in the same line of min­istry.”

“We have talked enough on the need to change but let's change our­selves first,” Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said. The idea was to pull some­one out of the com­fort zone, some­one who in­jected fresh per­spec­tive, with­out pre­con­ceived no­tions. While fully fo­cused on the over­ar­ch­ing goals, that in­di­vid­ual would be like a fresh page, with open mind, like sponge to com­pelling ideas, be­sides be­ing as ap­proach­able.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing added, “We will have a team with new set of think­ing, brim­ming with in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to­wards old prob­lems.” “Or else, we would be ar­gu­ing on the same old is­sues, like youth un­em­ploy­ment, wa­ter short­age, and in­creas­ing gap be­tween rich and poor in 2023 as well.”

How­ever, in putting to­gether the team, Prime Min­is­ter said it was a painful process, hav­ing to choose mem­bers from a com­pe­tent lot. “My heart still aches af­ter hav­ing to leave out many, es­pe­cially the se­nior can­di­dates,” he said.

Mean­while, in as­sum­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the team has drawn up a com­mon un­der­stand­ing that it is not about power and priv­i­leges but about mo­ti­va­tion, sac­ri­fice and team work. The Prime Min­is­ter, on his part, has also made it clear that if the cur­rent Cab­i­net does not per­form, the rest of the rul­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives are as com­pe­tent to step in at any point of time. “We will al­ways be guided by His Majesty's vi­sion,” Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said. “We trust the wis­dom and ef­fi­ciency of our civil ser­vants.

The Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) an­nounces the cab­i­net port­fo­lio of the third demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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