Lyonpo Dorji Tshering, the first minister from Sakteng 

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering

The works and human settlement’s minister Dorji Tshering remains hopeful to benefit from his 12 years experience at the ministry and the expert teams working in the ministry.

While Lyonpo Dorji Tshering hoped to contribute from day one of his office with his experience, he said that decision-making and priorities of the ministry would be discussed with the government’s mandates and the ministry’s experts.

“Since I left the ministry for over a year, the situation would have changed. I cannot say that I would begin or touch anything particularly but I will have to get a briefing from the ministry, discuss with the experts and listen to their views. I have a strong team, so I will have a collective decision.”

A day before the dhar ceremony, 39 year-old Lyonpo Dorji Tshering was overwhelmed with exhaustion than excitement over his appointment as minister.

“The electoral processes molded me. I think this is good because if I were to be elected as a minister without any electoral processes, then there is a chance of me being egoistic, or excited,” Lyonpo Dorji Tshering said.

More than the minister, the Radhi-Sakteng community was overjoyed to have the first minister from the dzongkhag.

Over 50 people known to minister had already been at Thimphu three days prior to the ceremony.

Almost 14 years ago, Lyonpo Dorji Tshering was also the first engineer from his village and is known to be close to the people.

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering said he hoped that the supporters of the other parties had also come to celebrate the beginning of a new government.

“The day the results are declared, ideally there shouldn’t be any division in the community as political supporters. I hope they are coming here and to celebrate the starting of next five-year government. The opportunity to get a dhar from His Majesty is a precious thing.”

The minister moved into the Lhengye Dhensa about three days prior to the dhar ceremony. His family and the people from the ministry had prepared for the ceremony.

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering said the ministers had rushed to move in as soon as the ministerial positions were declared.

“If we had one week or ten days we could have taken our time but then we only had two days left. So every one of us had to move in immediately.”

Phurpa Lhamo

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