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Gasa Dzongkhag on na­tional day sur­pris­ingly awarded an an­nual ‘ Good to Great Gasa Award’ to the three ex­em­plary and out­stand­ing pub­lic ser­vants mak­ing them the high­est recog­ni­tion for civil­ian ser­vice at the dzongkhag level.

The ex­cep­tional mem­bers of Gasa Dzongkhag, Nima Norbu, Karma, and Mangmi Tshe­wang at Laya Ge­wog were honored for their ex­em­plary pub­lic ser­vice, and demon­strated con­sis­tent and last­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the vi­sion of ‘ Good to Great Gasa’.

The most pres­ti­gious award of the dzongkhag is the top award a civil­ian em­ployee can re­ceive to ex­em­plary pub­lic ser­vants, who have over­seen suc­cess­ful with a sweep­ing im­pact to the vi­sion to achieve self re­liance.

Nima Norbu, 37, Sr. Dzongkhag Live­stock Pro­duc­tion Of­fi­cer is rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the dzongkhag, specif­i­cally con­cern­ing the live­stock de­vel­op­ment. “I have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in nu­mer­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said, in­clud­ing his ac­tive con­tri­bu­tion at the Royal High­land Fes­ti­vals.

His ef­forts in three con­sec­u­tive edi­tions of the Royal High­land Fes­ti­val held at Laya, helped to sen­si­tize the high­landers on the de­cline of yak farm­ing with in­creased vul­ner­a­bly from in­stantly shorter in­come gen­er­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties that seem to be chal­leng­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of liveli­hoods in fu­ture of the high­land com­mu­ni­ties.

“The fes­ti­val pro­vided new eco­nomic av­enues for the high­land com­mu­ni­ties through home stays, packed pony ser­vices and sale of yak re­lated prod­ucts,” Nima Norbu said, thus the fes­ti­val con­trib­uted to the self re­liance vi­sion of the ‘ Good to Great Gasa’.

Lay­ing his stress to serve the Tsa- Wa- Sum, Nima Norbu hopes to work as an in­spi­ra­tion to a gen­er­a­tion who will use their tal­ents for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try. “This award will be a con­stant re­minder for me to serve the TsaWa-Sum with en­hanced com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion,” he said. “I will try to live by the lead­er­ship of the self, a prin­ci­ple coined by His Majesty The King.”

As an award win­ning, Nima Norbu was over­whelmed to be one of the three re­cip­i­ents. How­ever, he was hope­ful to achieve an­other great­est achieve­ment that is par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable. “I look for­ward to achieve some­thing great in the fu­ture, not only con­tribut­ing to my work­place but at the na­tional level,” he added.

Like­wise, Karma, 36, Dzongkhag Fi­nance Of­fi­cer was honored for his work at fi­nance sec­tion and work­ing be­yond his pro­fes­sion. “In my own ca­pac­ity as a civil ser­vant, I have worked hard un­der the di­rect su­pervi- sion of Dzongdag and Sr. Dzon­grab,” he said, ad­ding he worked to the best of his abil­ity.

He be­lieves that, to reap the suc­cess, hard­work is nec­es­sary in all as­pects of life. “I urge ev­ery­one to work hard and draw in­spi­ra­tion from His Majesty’s ad­dress at the 111th Na­tional Day in Samtse,” he said.

As a re­cip­i­ent of the award, he said there is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing and feel­ing pro­duc­tive than win­ning the award. He said, “It’s truly an honor to re­ceive this award at the 111th Na­tional Day and shall re­main as most mem­o­rable mo­ment.”

Through­out his ca­reer, Karma was hope­ful to demon­strate his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the na­tion. He said, “I will serve the Tsa- WaSum as civil ser­vant with ut­most pride.”

The ‘ Good to Great Gasa Award’ is a se­lec­tive award, hon­or­ing pub­lic ser­vants who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to dzongkhag through a sus­tained record of out­stand­ing ser­vice in line with the vi­sion ‘ Good to great Gasa’.

It is al­ways good to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of pub­lic ser­vants who make sure gov­ern­ment’s work gets done.

Ear­lier at the Bhutan di­a­logues in Thim­phu, Gasa Dzongdag Dorji Dhrad­hul, em­pha­sized on rec­og­niz­ing the most out­stand­ing pub­lic ser­vants who worked more than what is re­quired. He said a vi­sion ‘ Good to Great Gasa’ was in­spired by His Majesty. “Our King’s vi­sion is to make our coun­try great.”

“Lev­er­ag­ing hu­man re­sources for the civil ser­vant is an­other tar­get to achieve the vi­sion,” Dorji Dhrad­hul added. “If the civil ser­vant doesn’t lead, it would be dif­fi­cult to achieve the great pur­pose.”

It is the high­est pos­si­ble tar­get and he be­lieves all 20 dzongkhag have to be great to make the coun­try great. “If one of the dzongkhag is not a great, then we can­not have a great coun­try,” Dzongdag said, ad­ding that all dzongkhag have to be great.

The re­cip­i­ents get a framed cer­tifi­cate signed by the Dzongdag and the Thrizin of Dzongkhag Tshogdu ac­com­pa­nied by mone­tary award of Nu. 10,000 and a logo of ‘ Good to Great Gasa’ to each.

The award in its first year was only for the civil ser­vants but open up to the pub­lic sec­tors in its sec­ond year. One of the ba­sic cri­te­ri­ons to be el­i­gi­ble for the award is to work be­yond one’s terms of ref­er­ence.

This year, the award saw 18 fi­nal­ist nom­i­nees of which three were rec­og­nized for the award. The cash prize in 2016 was Nu. 5,000 to each and then in­creased to Nu. 7,000 in 2017.

Gasa also cer­ti­fied 185 in­di­vid­u­als from all walks of life in­clud­ing few from out­side the Dzongkhag of ex­cel­lence and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their out­stand­ing and spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion to the vi­sion of ‘ Good to Great Gasa’.

Gasa Dzongdag Dorji Dhrad­hul with the ex­cep­tional mem­bers of Gasa Dzongkhag, Nima Norbu, Karma, and Mangmi Tshe­wang

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