From day one of the COVID-19 crisis the nation has witnessed how His Majesty has led from the front in the fight against the pandemic.
It is due to His Majesty’s leadership that Bhutan is one of the least affected countries in the world when it comes to the virus.
This is a remarkable feat especially given our location and how dependent we are for imports and trade on our southern neighbor which has the world’s fastest growing cases.
While Bhutan continues to keep an important vigil on our borders and among ourselves, the impact of the pandemic is not just medical, but it has also taken an enormous economic toll.
Here again, His Majesty has cushioned the nation against its worst impacts by the Relief Kidu, interest waiver and loan deferral.
However, with the continuing impact of the virus large numbers of foreign workers are leaving Bhutan which poses challenges for our hydropower sector, developmental activities of the government, construction sector and economic activities in general.
Apart from this, given the vegetable import restrictions due to the virus we found that Bhutan can do a lot more on the agricultural front.
Add to this, the growing tribe of the unemployed consisting mainly of youth who were either already unemployed, rendered unemployed or are unable to get jobs in a now tough job market.
If this is not bad enough climate change for a while has been playing havoc with our traditional mountain springs which have been the main sources of our irrigation and drinking water.
Trust the leadership and vision of His Majesty to thread all the above issues together and to create an opportunity for nation building out of such adversity.
Instead of throwing up our hands at a mountain of difficulties His Majesty is calling upon the youth to come and help lift that mountain so that they have a brighter future and can also create a long lasting positive impact on the nation.
The call to our youth to replace foreign workers and also take part in a national water project is not merely an economic project, but it is also an important patriotic call to serve the nation and its people at its hour of need.
This is once in a lifetime chance for our youth to serve and make a lasting impact.
“Leadership is service, not position.”
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