Appointment: His Majesty The King yesterday granted dhar to officially appoint the new Home Minister, Dawa Gyaltshen and the holders of the constitutional offices.
Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen represents the Bongo-Chapcha constituency in the Parliament.
The Constitution’s Article 17.3 states that a minister of the government is appointed by the Druk Gyalpo from the members of the parliament, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
On July 20, the Prime Minister submitted the recommendation to appoint Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen as the Home Minister to His Majesty The King.
Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen, who takes over the home ministry from Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, said he would work closely with the capable, dedicated and experienced officers in the home ministry and address issues efficiently and efficaciously.
“I am very grateful to His Majesty The King, government and the people who trusted in my abilities and have given me this very important responsibility,” Lyonpo said. “I will serve the nation and the people with the best of my abilities.”
His Majesty also granted dhars to the new Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners of the Election Commission, the Auditor General of the Royal Audit Authority, and the Chairperson and two Commissioners of the Anti Corruption Commission.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Chogyal Dago Rigzin was the former election Commissioner.
“I’m overwhelmed with the opportunity given to me to shoulder this heavy and important responsibility,” the Chief Election Commissioner, Chogyal Dago Rinzin said.
There is no time to be bogged down rejoicing and celebrating, he said. “My immediate priority is to start work from day one to fulfil the national policies and the visions of His Majesty the King.”
The former chief executive officer of National Housing Development Corporation, Ugyen Chewang, and the former election commissioner Deki Pema, were appointed as Election Commissioners.
The former Pemagatshel Dzongdag, Tshering Kezang, was appointed as the Auditor General.
Auditor General Tshering Kezang said he hopes to continue and make things better in the Royal Audit Authority although the former auditor general has already done so much.
“I feel honoured that I am bestowed with such a responsibility and it’s a privilege to serve the people with utmost dedication,” he said. “I hope I can keep up His Majesty’s trust that has been presented to me with the new responsibility.”
Former commissioner of the Royal Civil Service Commission, Kinley Yangzom, was appointed as the Chairperson of the Anti Corruption Commission.
“I feel most honoured to be appointed by His Majesty the King and no matter how difficult the job is, I pledge my commitment to fulfill the responsibility bestowed on me,” ACC chairperson Kinley Yangzom said.
The former eminent member of the National Council, Karma Damcho Nidup and the former joint Auditor General of Royal Audit Authority, Jamtsho, were appointed as Commissioners of the Anti Corruption Commission.
Articles 24.2, 25.2, and 27.2 of the Constitution state that the respective Constitutional post holders will be appointed by the Druk Gyalpo from a list of names recommended jointly by the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Speaker, the Chairperson of the National Council and the Leader of the Opposition Party.