1965 – Lodroe Tshogde Established
In 1965, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck instituted the Lodroe Tshogde, the Royal Advisory Council. It consisted of eight members: five representing the people, two representing the monk body and one nominee of the king who acted as the Kalyon (Chairman). Later the member representing the people was increased to six. The members held office for five years.
The Royal Advisory Council served as the coordinating link between the legislature and the executive. The council advised the king and the council of ministers on key issues of policy and ensured the implementation of the resolutions passed by the National Assembly.
The institution of the Tshogdu and Lodroe Tshogdu guaranteed that the voices of the people were heard through their representatives. This was one of the first initiatives towards decentralized decision making.