Bhutan reshuffles cabinet

Nim Dorji, the former director general of the agriculture department, will be the new finance secretary, while Chencho Tshering will be the new national council secretary. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, India Jul 14, 2016, 09.04 AM (IST)
The cabinet in Bhutan has undergone a reshuffle, Bhutan Broadcasting reports. In a major change, Dasho Karma Penjor has replaced veteran journalist Kinley Dorji as the secretary of information and communications ministry. 

Dorji, the former editor-in-chief of Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper, was known to be in favour of state-owned media houses. Talking to WION, Kinley Tshering, the president of Journalists Association of Bhutan (JAB), said that Dorji's stance against private media houses crippled Bhutan's media. 

"All the private media houses in Bhutan are in a state of financial crisis. So it is difficult for them to stand up and talk against the government. It is a very small market for private media houses in Bhutan." Tshering said. 

Penjor was the former secretary of Dratshang Lhentshog, the commission for the monastic affairs, and according to Tshering is relatively unknown.

"We don't know anything about this new guy but all major media decisions usually come from the government." he said. "It is very important that we have a strong and effective leadership this time for liberalising the media market in Bhutan."

According to Bhutan Broadcasting, Sonam Wangchuk is the new secretary of labour and human resources ministry. The former director general of department of medical services, Dr Ugyen Dophu, is the new health secretary.

Sonam Tobgay is the new secretary to home and cultural affairs. He was the former director general of department of law and order.

Karma Yeshey is the new secretary of education ministry. He was the former director general of department of school education. Nim Dorji, the former director general of agriculture department, is the new finance secretary, and Chencho Tshering will be the national council secretary.

(WION with inputs from Bhutan Broadcasting)