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Complacency and corruption, biggest challenges
The Chhoetse Penlop
"The biggest challenges facing Bhutan at the moment are complacency and corruption," said His Royal Highness the Chhoetse Penlop, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, addressing 652 university graduates of 2004 - 2005 at the closing of the graduates orientation programme on September 7 in Thimphu.

"We will lose everything our parents have achieved if we allow these to take root," said His Royal Highness.

The Chhoetse Penlop said the way to take the country forward is through human resources, which is Bhutan's natural strength. "Bhutanese youth are different from other youths because they want to serve the country but they need more spirit of enterprise and competition," he said.

A total of Nu. 95,000 was collected by the graduates attending the national orientation programme this year.

Nu. 50, 000 was donated to the Tarayana Foundation, Nu. 30,000 was offered to the Kanglung Shedra and Nu. 15,000 was donated to the National Institute for the Disabled, Khaling.

The funds were raised through various activities like cultural programme and jam sessions.

The Crown Prince urged the graduates to make every effort to move the country out of a culture where people wait for things to be done for them to a culture of hard work and merit.

"Those who choose not to carry out their responsibilities should not expect so much more from society than they have put in," he said.

Speaking about Gross National Happiness, the guiding philosophy of the nation, the Chhoetse Penlop said its greatness lay in its simplicity. He said that the concept should be clear and the same for every one and it should act as the national conscience in making decisions for the future.

"I look forward to the future because I look forward to working with you," His Royal Highness told the graduates. "I have no doubt that we can make an impact and a difference in our nation's future and this can be achieved if we are hard working and honest."

The graduates said that the two-week cultural and policy orientation programme had made clearer the road ahead. Besides being briefed by various ministries and the private sector and being re-oriented on traditional etiquette the graduates also participated in fund raising and voluntary activities.

"One thing is certain," said Nyingtob, a graduate from Canada. "If we commit ourselves and work with unswerving perseverance, it will be pleasant at the end of this road."

Kunzang Wangmo, a Sherubtse graduate, told that she was now fully aware of the paramount importance of the nation's culture.

"Our unique identity and sovereignty has withstood the test of time and dynamics of global forces and now it is our responsibility to further carry it through," she said.

At the dinner for the graduates the prime minister, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup, advised the graduates to continue learning throughout their lives. He also emphasised the importance of following the example set by Bhutan's greatest role model, His Majesty the King, with dedication and particularly with energy.

This article was contributed by Kesang Dema, Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper 2005
December 14, 2006
His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuk said that the responsibilities of the Throne would be delegated to the Chhoetse Penlop before 2008. His Royal Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will be enthroned as the fifth Druk Gyalpo in 2008.
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