His Majesty the King on the 15th of June 2012 granted a Royal Kasho to the Speaker and Chair of the respective houses of the Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition.
The Royal Kasho read that should the houses of Parliament deliberate on the Land Bill of Bhutan 2012, the Druk Gyalpo hoped that Parliament will arrive at a resolution that was in keeping with the aspirations of our people in civil service, private sector, civil society and in the 205 gewogs of our 20 dzongkhags.
The Royal Kasho read that it was the duty of the Druk Gyalpo to ensure that State land and assets were preserved in the interest of Bhutanese citizens – present and future generations – so that our people’s aspirations to own land and home may be fulfilled, while their right to share the wealth and progress of our nation was protected – for all time.
To this end, His Majesty the King commanded that:
… in a small nation where land is scarce and the value of urban land continues to rise along with the possibility of ownership of land and wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few, there is no justification for exempting particular persons, whether royal family members or wealthy individuals, from the land ceiling. Except for institutions of State, no individual should be exempt from the land ceiling and other provisions that apply to the general public of Bhutan.
The Royal Kasho was read out in the National Council by the Secretary General, today, on the directive of the Honorable Chairperson.
From National Council website (http://www.nationalcouncil.bt/)