Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, 63, who is now minister for home, said his top priority would be to uphold the religion and culture, the country’s sogshing (main essence) and true identity.
“Promoting and safeguarding our religion and culture will be the basis of my service, and I will work towards fulfilling it by enacting relevant laws and working closely with the Cabinet and other agencies concerned,” he said.
Lyonpo said that bad laws would have a long-term impact. “Wrong policies will affect generations. In democracy it is important that the government pursues the laws and policies that are driven by the core values and belief systems.”
“I don’t know if it was true. There was a rumour about construction of a slaughterhouse through policy, which is totally against the principles of Buddhist teaching in the country. If it was true, then there is no way to stop than through joining politics and by amending the rules,’’ he said.
The first thing he wishes to do is to get acquainted with the ministry and the staff. “I need to introduce myself and, similarly, I need their introduction so that we know each other.”
He said he felt confident because of his long years’ experience in the civil service. “I am not worried much because there are places to seek help.”
Lyonpo is a poet, linguist, and a Buddhist scholar. He was the secretary of Dzongkha Development Commission, Justice of the High Court and dzongdag of Thimphu, Samtse, and Lhuentse.
He said that although he never really considered joining politics, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s visions about health and education and to narrow the gap between the rich and poor inspired him to take part in the political process.
Born to late Dasho Lam Sanga of Sumthrang Choeje in Bumthang and Yangchen Zomba of Tsakaling Choeje in Mongar, Lyonpo has four daughters and a son.
He is the recipient of Red Scarf from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Gold Medal for National Meritorious Service.