Dasho Karma Tshiteem, 50, the Chairperson of the Royal Civil Service Commission received the Bura Marp for the 108th National Day.
His Majesty said, “Karma Tshiteem has been serving in the civil service for 26 years. Formerly, he served in the capacity of the Secretary of Gross National Happiness Commission for 7 years, and during this time, he ensured that the plans under the 10th Five Year Plan were executed successfully. The red scarf is awarded to him with the expectation that he will continue serving in his new role with the same level of dedication.”
“The Kabney and Patag have deep symbolism- the kabney represents the compassion of the Buddha, inspired by whom the wearer serves the people, and the patag represents the strength with which the wearer would protect their nation whenever the need arises,” said His Majesty.
His Majesty said that as the chairperson of the RCSC is being recognized today, it is an occasion to reflect on the importance of the civil service in nation building.
“We cannot foresee what will be the required strength and responsibilities of the civil service in the future, but today, their greatest duty is to ensure that all the objectives of the 11th Five-Year-Plan are realized,” said His Majesty.
“As a developing country, our people still have many difficulties, and the foundations of our newly democratic system need to be strengthened further. In these endeavours, there is still a great deal of work that must be done.”
His Majesty pointed out that since the civil service is the strongest in terms of numbers, investment, skills, and experience, the greatest responsibilities towards nation building fall on the civil servants.
“They must utilize their approximately 200 workdays a year, as well as our limited resources, judiciously to bring benefit to Bhutan for generations. Our small size means that we can achieve greater efficiency and speed in all our work. The civil servants must work with the greatest cooperation and harmony to achieve the best results. We must pave our own road ahead for a bright future,” His Majesty said.