Meet the new Cabinet

So who are the 10 new ministers and what are their backgrounds. I present a list of the 10 here.

The Foreign Minister is the party spokesperson and one of the founders of DNT, Lyonpo (Dr) Tandin Dorji, 50, has masters in international public health and MBA and who worked as a pediatrician.

Former Dzongkha Development Commission Secretary, Lyonpo Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, 63 from Mongar constituency is the home and culture affairs minister of Bhutan.

Lyonpo Loknath Sharma, 47 from Dophuchen-Tading, Samtse, has masters in economics from Allahabad University, India is the minister for economic affairs and worked as a community service worker and is also the former regional head of Road Safety and Transport Authority.

Former National Council Member from Gelephu constituency in Sarpang, Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi, 47, is the minister for information and communication.

North Thimphu’s, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo, 42, is the minister for health. She has a masters in public health from Yale University and has earlier worked with the health ministry.

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering, 39, from Radhi-Sakteng, Trashigang is the minister for works and human settlement. He served as the former executive engineer for department of roads.

Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, 54, from Nubi-Tangsibji Trongsa, is the minister for agriculture and forests. He has experience in environment conservation and climate change.

The youngest cabinet minister, Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji, 32 from Thrimshing, Trashigang is the minister of labour and human resources.

The Prime Minister is of the view said that since he had had his own share of hardships, Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji would be well aware about the ground realities on the youth employment issues and will be able to connect with the youths better. He has a Master in Public Policy from Lee Kaun Yew, Singapore and BA English and Dzongkha, Sherubtse College. He is a former diplomat and a print journalist.

Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai, 45, from Phuentsholing, Chukha, is the minister of education. Jai Bir Rai is an expert in economics and finance and has masters in business administration from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands.

Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, 39, from Dogar-Shabha, Paro is the minister of finance. He has a Masters Degree in public health from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and BSc. Communication from University of Madras, India.

To ensure regional balance there are three representatives each from West, South and East and one representative from the central- Trongsa.

In an unconventional approach, the portfolio has been assigned considering individual competencies and personal proficiencies, and not necessarily in tune with the educational or professional background.

The writer is the Chief Reporter of the paper

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