His Majesty The King graces the open­ing of the third Par­lia­ment

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His Majesty The King graced the open­ing cer­e­mony of the first ses­sion of the third par­lia­ment at Gya­ly­ong Tshogkhang on 2 Jan­uary 2019.

Wel­com­ing His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen, Mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, Mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and for­eign dig­ni­taries pre­sented at the oc­ca­sion, the Speaker of Na­tional As­sem­bly, Wangchuk Nam­gyel ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to His Majesty The King for grac­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The Speaker on be­half of the par­lia­ment ex­pressed their ut­most grat­i­tude to His Majesty The King for work­ing tire­lessly for the wel­fare of peo­ple. He sub­mit­ted, “His Majesty has per­son­ally met with the peo­ple of re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, and granted kidu gra­ciously to our peo­ple in needs.”

The Speaker also sub­mit­ted that the peo­ple of Bhutan are more pros­per­ous and har­mo­nious un­der the glo­ri­ous reign of the Wangchuck Dy­nasty. “It is cru­cial that peo­ple of Bhutan re­al­ize such for­tu­nate era in all times.”

Speaker Wangchuk Nam­gyel sub­mit­ted that His Majesty has res­onated on the im­por­tance of up­lift­ing na­tional sovereignty and se­cu­rity, preser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of cul­ture, con­ser­va­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, main­tain­ing mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion

with other na­tions, and main­tain­ing the sa­cred iden­tity of the Bhutanese na­tion at the 111th Na­tional Day. “We are hope­ful that civil ser­vants and pub­lic ser­vants will for­ever keep these pro­found words of wis­dom and serve with full ded­i­ca­tion.”

He also sub­mit­ted that it is their ut­most duty to re­al­ize greater con­cern on the coun­try’s re­sources while im­ple­ment­ing great projects and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the com­mence­ment of the 12th FYP. He sub­mit­ted, “It is also hope­ful that mem­bers would strive to serve with greater vigor and en­thu­si­asm.”

The Speaker also ex­pressed the House’s ut­most grat­i­tude to His Majesty for con­fer­ring the High­est Civil­ian Dec­o­ra­tion in the coun- try, the Or­der of the Druk Gyalpo (Ngadag Pelgi Khorlo) to His Ho­li­ness the 70th Je Khenpo at the 111th Na­tional Day.

Speaker Wangchuk Nam­gyel ex­pressed deep grat­i­tude to His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo and the re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions for per­form­ing nu­mer­ous ini­tia­tives for sus­tain­ing peace and har­mony in the coun­try, pre­sid­ing over the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony to con­struct a Bhutanese Lhakhang at Ra­j­gir in Bi­har and Moen­lam Ch­henmo at Bodh Gaya in In­dia.

The Speaker on be­half of the House ex­tended their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment for the fruit­ful achieve­ments of the 11th FYP. He sub­mit­ted, “The for­mer Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil had car­ried out suc­cess­ful pro­ceed­ings in both the Houses.”

Fur­ther, he also thanked and ex­tended ex­tend ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Op­po­si­tion Leader (OL) and the mem­bers of op­po­si­tion party for ac­count­abil­ity with ded­i­ca­tion in the past par­lia­ment. “With ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion party, I am hope­ful that the mem­bers of op­po­si­tion party will con­tinue to ren­der full sup­port and guid­ance dur­ing the third par­lia­ment as well.”

He also thanked and ap­plauded the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion for car­ry­ing out pro­ce­dural re­views and ad­vo­ca­cies for free and fair elec­tions of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and the third Par­lia­ment Elec­tion.

The Speaker sub­mit­ted that the peo­ple en- trusted Druk Nyam­drup Tshogpa with the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity to form the new gov­ern­ment. He sub­mit­ted, “It is im­per­a­tive for the mem­bers of par­lia­ment to serve with ut­most ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty to ful­fill the hopes and needs of our peo­ple.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, he sub­mit­ted that, with the slo­gan to nar­row­ing the gap, it is im­por­tant to en­sure bring­ing in cit­i­zens to­gether through erad­i­ca­tion of ru­ral poverty, min­i­miz­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment, solv­ing pub­lic debt, com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion, and de­vel­op­ment of strate­gic plans and mea­sures to over­come the chal­lenges.

Speaker Wangchuk Nam­gyel also thanked the Prime Min­is­ter Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing and his en­tourage for most suc­cess­ful re­cent state visit to In­dia. “The visit fur­ther strength­ened the al­ready ex­ist­ing close ties of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, and also strength­ened bi­lat­eral ties and eco­nomic link­ages.”

The Speaker ex­pressed his deep grat­i­tude to the peo­ple of his con­stituency, Ny­ishog-Sae­phu in Wang­duepho­drang for elect­ing him, and the mem­bers of par­lia­ment for en­trust­ing him with the role of the Speaker. “Dur­ing my ten­ure as the Speaker, I will be for­tu­nate enough to re­ceive the words of wis­dom and guid­ance from His Majesty The King,” the Speaker sub­mit­ted. “I am an­tic­i­pat­ing that the mem­bers of the par­lia­ment would ren­der full sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion to me.”

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, and Mem­bers of the Third Par­lia­ment, at the Gya­ly­ong Tshokhang dur­ing the Open­ing Cer­e­mony of the 1st ses­sion of the 3rd Par­lia­ment last Wed­nes­day His Majesty The King graced the Open­ing Cer­e­mony

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