His Majesty awards Lungmar to Prime Minister and various awards to other luminaries

As per the tradition on National Day, His Majesty The King awarded Kabney and Patang, and medals to various groups and individuals in recognition of their services to the nation.

The Prime Minister was awarded Lungmar in recognition of his contributions to the democratic process during his tenure as the opposition leader between 2008-2008, and with the expectation that he would serve equally well as the Prime Minister.

4446 civil servants received Service Medals, which was instituted from 2013. In 2013, service medals were awarded to 13,807 people.

Among the recipients of the National Order of Merit were 71 teachers who received Gold. Dasho Sonam Kinga, chairperson of the National Council, Jigme Wangmo, founder of Draktsho, and Margrit Elliot, founder of Global Burn Unit, were recognized for their services to the country and people and awarded the National Order of Merit, Gold.

Lyonpo Thinley Gyamtsho, former health and education minister and former chairperson of the Royal Civil Service Commission, was awarded the Druk Thuksey Medal.

Dasho Chhwang Rinzin, managing director of Druk Green Power Corporation was awarded the Druk Khorlo Medal.

His Majesty Conferred the red scarf to Tashi Wangyel, eminent member of the National Council, in recognition of his learning and contribution to the democratic process and the nation.

His Majesty Conferred the lungmar scarf to the Prime Minsiter, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay.

‘Lung-mar’ is a compounded form of two words, lungserma (red-gold) and Marp (Red). The scarf existed during the time of His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo, and has been reinstituted, with the Prime Minister as its first recipient.

Similar to the bura marp, the lungmar is conferred in recognition of excellent services to the nation, and does not represent the wearer’s post. For this reason, the recipient may wear the lungmar for life.

His Majesty also expressed special acknowledgements to the Armed Forces, Former Chief Justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Zhung Dratshang and all other religious bodies, the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary arms of the state, the offices of the constitutional post holders, and local governments.

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