His Majesty’s Long and Arduous Journeys

His Majesty The King with De-ssung Skilling Program participants at Dzongkhalum, Trongsa

A year of tireless efforts

LHAKPA TSHERING

Thimphu

As the nation continues to tread through the Covid-19 pandemic, His Majesty the King had been travelling all year round, mostly walking on foot to keep people going amid the global pandemic.

While the pandemic has exposed glaring challenges, and in some cases aggravated existing shortcomings leaving many people without jobs, desperate and helpless, His Majesty’s unimaginable care has provided inspiration and the strength and grace to keep a nation going.

His Majesty, who spent the entirety of 2021 touring the country, had travelled several times to high-risk areas – Phuentsholing, Gelephu, Samtse, Lhamoyzingkha in Dagana and Samdrupjongkhar.

Throughout the tours, His Majesty the King met with the respective dzongkhag Covid-19 Task Force teams, government officials, health workers, Desuups and others working in the frontlines and encouraged them to remain vigilant while serving the nation.

During the numerous tours, His Majesty reviewed measures and protocols in place and visited facilities, high-risk points, and border outposts to personally inspect the conditions on the ground.

As community transmission cases continued to rise in the southern dzongkhags, His Majesty visited Phuentsholing and other high-risk areas and met with the Southern Covid-19 Taskforce and frontliners, among others, to oversee measures to control the spread of Covid-19 in the community and manage other issues related to the pandemic.

His Majesty also trekked over 67-kilometres from Merak in Tashigang to Tshothang in Samdrupjongkhar, inspecting the measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 and interacting with personnel on duty manned by Desuups and RBP personnel there were leeches and swollen streams.

Besides, His Majesty also visited the De-suung Skilling centres across the country to inspect the facilities, met with the De-Suups participating in training programs and also granted audiences to Desuup trainees in different centres across the country.

His Majesty also visited different places in Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Tashiyangtse, Tashigang, Pemagatshel, Lhuentse, and Chhukha, and the southern dzongkhags to oversee the De-suung national service water projects while also granted audiences to the students and teachers/faculty of schools and colleges.

Further, His Majesty the King also granted Lagthram to the 191 households to the people of Lunana in Goenshari, to ensure that they have safe and comfortable winter homes when they travel south.

And on the eve of the Hindu festival of Dasain, His Majesty granted Dasain Tika to representatives of the Hindu community of Gelephu at the Shivalaya Mandir following which His Majesty visited the Gyalsung training site being developed in Tareythang and the De-suung Skilling programs for culinary arts in Serzhong.

His Majesty observed the 10th Anniversary of Desuung Raising Day with the Desuups working on the Semjong water project while on the visit to Tsirang to oversee the worksites of the water project under the Desuung national service program.

No sooner had His Majesty arrived from the southern tour than He travelled to Mongar accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and Their Royal Highnesses Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel and Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck where His Majesty oversaw the first Covid-19 vaccination program.

His Majesty the King also visited the Guma water project site in Punakha during the Losar holidays and granted the audiences to the Desuups involved in the project.