Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering-led Bhutan government turned three years on Monday and the PM thanked the citizens of the country for their support and encouragement.
“As it officially turns three years since we took office, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the support and encouragement so far. In our sincere efforts to make each day count, the years have just flashed past,” PM Tshering said in a Facebook post.
“But the recent years have also been the most difficult in our lifetime. It pains to recall the months of lockdown that pounded so much hardship and threatened our lives. Even after all this, the disconcerting fact is that we are not out of the woods yet,” Dr Tshering said recalling the days of lockdown.
The pandemic claimed millions of lives across the world and the risk prevails even today.
“For us, our biggest blessing is that we are living in a GNH country under the leadership of His Majesty The King. We lived a fairly comfortable life when the invisible virus fundamentally impacted the world in an unprecedented way,” the Bhutan PM stated.
“Having come this far, we now have the paramount task ahead.”
“We have reached a pivotal stage that solicits utmost caution in every step we take. As we navigate from the crises we have in hand, we are striving towards a post-pandemic future that derives lessons from the changes and challenges around us,” he added.
“We are often told that this government’s term is past mid-way and there is so much more to do. It is true, but not just in the context of the elected government’s tenure,” Dr Tshering mentioned.
He stated that it is not just about bringing GDP to the pre-pandemic level in the remaining years of their term.
Or it is also not just about delivering the activities and programs in the five-year plan period.
“We are talking about a nation here, that was built on the sweats and tears of our leaders and forefathers. Our focus is on embarking the transformation path as we emerge from the pandemic.”
“In essence, we all have the mandate of fulfilling the vision of our King, which truly determines a nation’s progress and not the five-year political term,” he said.
“In all this, His Majesty is showing us the way. As COVID-19 leaves behind a different world, our task, not just as the government but as a Bhutanese is to follow His Majesty’s lead and work towards building Bhutan that is more prosperous and flourishing than ever before. And we will at all time, with utmost sincerity,” he said.
The Bhutan PM reassured all to work with stronger determination and the best of their abilities to fulfill the aspirations that the “King and the people have entrusted” upon them.