Bhutan king appoints key government positions

Bhutan king appoints key government positions
NC Eminent Members: (From left) Phuntsho Rapten, Kesang Chuki Dorjee and Karma Tshering.
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His Majesty The King conferred Tashi Khadar to the three new eminent members of the National Council, the governor of the Central Bank and two dzongdags yesterday at the Trashichhodzong.

The eminent members are Karma Tshering, Phuntsho Rapten and Kesang Chuki Dorjee.

Karma Tshering served as the Director of the Department of Hydropower and Power Systems in the economic affairs ministry while Phuntsho Rapten was the chief planning officer of Policy and Planning Division of the labour ministry. Kesang Chuki Dorjee was the director for KCD Productions. Prior to that, she worked with the Bhutan Broadcasting Services as a television anchor and senior producer.

His Majesty The King appointed the eminent members for the National Council in accordance with Article 11.1 of the Constitution.

The eminent members were also administered an oath or affirmation of office at the National Council yesterday by the Chief Justice and the Letshog Lopon.

Eminent member Kesang Chuki Dorji said she was deeply humbled by the faith and trust bestowed upon her by His Majesty. "It is a great honour. I shall serve my King and the country within my best ability," she said.

Saying he was still speechless, eminent member Karma Tshering said he felt "highly honoured" with the appointment.

Eminent member Phuntsho Rapten said that with the privilege and honour comes a huge responsibility to shoulder upon to which he would do his best.

The new governor of the Central Bank is Dasho Penjore who last served as the chief executive officer of the National Pension and Provident Fund.

Dasho Penjore also served as the Gyalpoi Zimpon for seven years and was conferred the red scarf by His Majesty in 2008. He also served for 17 years in various capacities at the Royal Monetary Authority.

Describing it as an overwhelming moment, Dasho Penjore said he takes pride in serving the institution (RMA) where he first started his career.

"RMA is an important institution and I shall serve with honour and privilege bestowed upon me to serve within my best capabilities," he said.

His Majesty The King appointed the governor of the Central Bank on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, in accordance with Article 2.19 (k) of the Constitution.

The two new dzongdags are the former director of the National Council Secretariat, Phuntsho, and the deputy head of mission for the Royal Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi, India, Kinzang Dorji. Phuntsho was appointed as the Pemagatshel dzongdag while Kinzang Dorji is the Haa dzongdag.

Although the new post is a deviation from his career path, dzongdag Kinzang Dorji said he would give his best to serve the people of Haa.

"The privilege I endure today is because of His Majesty's faith and trust. I'll strive to achieve the visions of our Kings with utmost dedication and most importantly work towards the wellbeing of Haa dzongkhag and the people," he said.

Pemagatshel dzongdag Phuntsho said that it's a challenge but he would nevertheless do his best to bring changes in the dzongkhag that is yet to develop fully.

In accordance with Article 2.19 (q), His Majesty The King appoints dzongdags on the recommendation of the Prime Minister on obtaining nominations from the Royal Civil Service Commission.

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