His Majesty The King grants Dakyen to new cab­i­net min­is­ters

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

His Majesty The King con­ferred Dakyen to the third demo­crat­i­cally elected Prime Min­is­ter, Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, and the Cab­i­net Min­is­ters on 7 Novem­ber at Trashich­hod­zong in Thim­phu.

His Majesty also con­ferred or­ange kab­ney to the Speaker, Wangchuk Nam­gyel and the Op­po­si­tion Leader, Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho. While the Speaker and the Op­po­si­tion Leader are not ac­corded or­ange kab­ney by the Con­sti­tu­tion, His Majesty may award in the ex­er­cise of His Majesty’s Royal Prerog­a­tives.

The cer­e­mony was con­ducted co­in­cid­ing with the aus­pi­cious day of the 30th day of the ninth Bhutanese month of the Earth Male Dog year.

Fol­low­ing the Royal Au­di­ence, the Prime Min­is­ter, Speaker and Cab­i­net min­is­ters were sworn into an Oath/ Af­fir­ma­tion of Se­crecy in the pres­ence of Ven­er­a­ble Yon­ten Lopoen by the Chief Jus­tice in the Lhengye Zhungt­shog hall at Trashich­hod­zong.

The Cab­i­net min­is­ters then at­tended the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of the first ses­sion of the Lhengye Zhungt­shog presided over by Ven­er­a­ble Yon­ten Lopen of the Cen­tral Monas­tic Body.

After the of­fer­ing of Gyalpoi Zhabten and Tashi Moen­lam, the Prime Min­is­ter and Cab­i­net min­is­ters signed Or­der of As­sump­tion of Of­fice in their re­spec­tive of­fices. The min­is­ters then be­gan for­mal khad­dar cer­e­mony for the pub­lic in their re­spec­tive min­istries.

While thou­sands of well- wish­ers lined in the queue to of­fer khad­har at the na­tional assem­bly hall, Ly­onch­hen Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing called a press con­fer­ence tak­ing the time out of his busy sched­ule in the evening.

At his first 30- min­utes press con­fer­ence in the

Of­fice of Prime Min­is­ter, Ly­onch­hen said that it was an un­con­ven­tional press con­fer­ence that he would end in the same man­ner on his last day in 2023.

In the next five years, Ly­onch­hen promised that he would deal heart to heart and not face to face. “I have no pre­con­ceived ideas and we will have no pre­pared ques­tions,” he said. “I will man­age press in the same way for the next five years and I will pre­pare to do this.”

Ly­onch­hen Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said that the me­dia and govern­ment should work to­gether for the har­mony of coun­try. “Let space and lan­guage be no bar­rier,” he said. “Any­thing, any­where, please let us know. We will work hand in hand.”

Ly­onch­hen also con­veyed His Majesty The King’s com­mand on the need to work putting the in­ter­est of na­tion ahead of their own and party in­ter­est. He said, “I felt to­mor­row may be too late to start and the first ses­sion of Lhengye Zhungt­shog was held to­day it­self.”

As per the gift re­stric­tion rule of Anti- Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, the cab­i­net sit­ting re­solved to sub­mit the re­ceived gift items to the Cab­i­net sec­re­tariat of­fice. Ly­onch­hen Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said any of the gift items in­clud­ing khad­har would be sub­mit­ted weekly. He said, “We will dis­cuss whether to of­fer to the monas­ter­ies or ren­der to the pub­lic as Zhabtog.”

Ly­onch­hen Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing high­lighted that there shouldn’t be any divi­sion in the com­mu­nity as po­lit­i­cal sup­port­ers. “The re­gion­al­ism base on po­lit­i­cal line was only till the gen­eral elec­tions,” he said. “Whether the can­di­date is in op­po­si­tion or govern­ment side, min­is­ter or non- min­is­ter, there is no dif­fer­ence.”

He said that he had met with the Op­po­si­tion Leader and pro­posed to work to­gether in the next five years. “I re­quested to tell us when we are go­ing wrong, we would lis­ten to them and sup­port us when we are do­ing for the in­ter­est of peo­ple and coun­try,” he said. “Let’s give our pub­lic a chance that there is no op­po­si­tion and govern­ment side in the par­lia­ment.”

Ly­onch­hen said the govern­ment also hopes to meet the lead­ers of three po­lit­i­cal par­ties as the first busi­ness or­der. “We will in­cor­po­rate their im­por­tant pledges base on time and funds avail­able if they are will­ing,” he said. “If some of our pledges are not very im­por­tant, we will sac­ri­fice.”

He asked the me­dia to re­fer the govern­ment as the Royal govern­ment of Bhutan and avoid re­fer­ring as DNT govern­ment as far as pos­si­ble. Ly­onch­hen said, “If DNT fails in the next five years, the whole cit­i­zen will fail and if suc­cess, it will ben­e­fit our na­tion.”

He said the govern­ment is re­ally go­ing to be a peo­ples’ govern­ment. “The Cab­i­net min­is­ters come from hum­ble back­ground and com­mit­ted to serve the peo­ple with the knowl­edge and com­pe­tency,” Ly­onch­hen said, adding there are no min­is­ters who come from pa­ter­nal linage of higher rank.

To bring change in the gov­er­nance, ideas and pro­fes­sional con­ducts, Ly­onch­hen said it is not nec­es­sar­ily in tune with ed­u­ca­tional or pro­fes­sional back­ground. “We didn’t send the min­is­ters to their par­ent min­istry,” he said, adding ex­cept works and hu­man set­tle­ment min­is­ter who is al­lo­cated with­out op­tion.

Ly­onch­hen said the me­dia should take ad­van­tage of new govern­ment’s in­ex­pe­ri­ence. “You can re­ally bully our min­is­ters but if the me­dia bul­lies, they would be down.” How­ever, he said the Cab­i­net could re­ally per­form if they would be sup­ported.

Ly­onch­hen also talked on the im­por­tance of re­spon­si­ble re­port­ing, story writ­ing and jour­nal­ism. He said, “There should be crit­i­cism but we need con­struc­tive crit­i­cism.”

He said the govern­ment would in­sti­tute a com­mit­tee to fol­low up on me­dia houses and in­di­vid­ual writ­ers closely. “The re­porters who do well would be rec­og­nized for pro­mo­tions,” Ly­onch­hen said. “The govern­ment might of­fer schol­ar­ship to those se­lected re­porters.”

Ly­onch­hen also en­cour­aged un­do­ing the anony­mous ac­counts if the me­dia per­sonal uses and asked to dis­cour­age friends from writ­ing neg­a­tive. “It hurts in­di­vid­u­als badly and brings di­vi­sive to the na­tion.”

His Majesty The King con­ferred Dakyen and for­mally ap­pointed the new cab­i­net min­is­ters at the Tashich­hod­zong on 7th Novem­ber.

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