His Majesty The King graces the opening of the third Parliament
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