Thimpu: On Friday, Bhutan celebrated the 40th birthday of their king His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, with much pomp and show at the Changlimithang stadium. On the happy occasion, Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, who served as the chief guest of the event, had a sweet request for his countrymen. Also Read - Vacation in Bhutan to Get Costlier For Indian Tourists

Tshering urged all citizens to adopt a stray dog and plant a tree as a gift to the Bhutanese King.

“At an individual level, Prime Minister said one can choose to plant a tree and care for it, adopt a stray dog or commit to managing waste in your neighbourhood. Personal commitment such as this, he said, would be the best gift for His Majesty. He also announced several programs in the areas of the economy, education, health, and technology. The programs will be launched over the period of one year,” Bhutan’s PMO stated in the press release.

Bhutan, which has been struggling with the uncontrolled stray dog population for more than a decade, welcomed the suggestion and applauded the PM for the initiative. Journalist Namgay Zam wrote, ”My fiance and I have adopted 3 strays already.”

Social media users across the world too were just delighted by the PM’s idea and urged other countries to adopt such similar policies.

In recent years, the Bhutan government has been taking a number of measures to reduce the birth of free-roaming dogs and encourage adoption of stray dogs.