His Majesty The King grants Dakyen to new cabinet ministers
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.