Avoided sending ministers to parent ministry: Lyonchhen

Lyonchhen (Dr) Lotay Tshering, during his first press conference as the Prime Minister, said that as of 18 October 2018, DNTcame in as the ruling government. “But I have resigned from DNT since 18 October 2018 because I am with the Royal Government of Bhutan,”Lyonchhen (Dr) Lotay Tshering added.

Lyonchhen said that starting from that day, the MPs, Cabinet and PM decided not to accept any gift items from the well-wishers following the Anti Corruption Commission’s rules.

“Every week and month,we will submit the collected items in the Cabinet,and thereby, they will decide where to use it and how to use it. All the members and Cabinet decided to return whatever we have received during thekhadar offering function,” Lyonchhen added.

He also said serving the Tsa-Wa-Sum with full dedication is not just a lip service. “With no doubt, we will serve Tsa-Wa-Sum and given the opportunity by the people, we are excited to serve them.”

He said DNT had no experience, neither as the ruling nor opposition party, and therefore,people can take advantage of that. “We also felt that we do not need experience when we work with dedication and commitment.” Lyonchhen added.

He also said in the five-year term, if DNT fails, people, as a whole, will also fail. Therefore, to have a successful five years, Lyonchhen urged every individual to support the government.

“2018’s government is like the people’s government. All the ministers are trustworthy candidates and in terms of education and working experiences we have selected the best of the best and with a pure mind set,”the PM added.

However, he said that there will be people who areunhappy with the elected Cabinet due to their age, working experience and education. Nevertheless, he said that they have tried their best to avoid sending the elected ministers to their former parent ministry.

“This is because we wanted to bring in change.Starting from election period from day one, I have been telling that, with time, we need to bring in a changeand the way we think need to be changed as well,” he added.

Citing an example, he said that a person cannot bring in better development in education ministry if the appointed minister has worked in the education sector for quite long.

“In DNT, we have many candidates coming from the education sector, like principals and DEO and they know better about the education system in the country. If we are to sendthe same in education sector then we are not fighting for change,” Lyonchhen said.

In addition, many people expected Dr Tandin Dorji to be the health minister. However, he said, there are lots of doctors working under the ministry, and they needed someone who did not have the same background.

Thereby, Dechen Wangmo who is a public health specialist was appointed as thehealth minister. “She is the perfect person to make a better health policy,” said the PM.

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