His Majesty grants land Kidu to 9,758 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Sam­drup Jogkher

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His Majesty The King granted land kidu to 9,758 ben­e­fi­cia­ries from 11 gewogs in Sam­drup Jongkhar. The ben­e­fi­cia­ries re­ceived a to­tal of 15,328.28 acres of land as Kidu, as well as ex­cess cost ex­emp­tion and re­fund on 23rd De­cem­ber 2014 in De­wathang.

With Sam­drup Jongkhar, land kidu to re­solve ac­cu­mu­lated land is­sues across the coun­try has been granted in 13 dzongkhags.

A to­tal of 123,071.982 acres of land have been granted in 133 gewogs to 102,336 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Lhuentse, Bumthang, Mon­gar, Wang­due- pho­drang, Haa, Da­gana, Punakha, Trongsa, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Zhem­gang, Pema­gat­shel and Sam­drup Jongkhar since 2010. Ben­e­fi­cia­ries were also granted ex­emp­tion of ex­cess cost amount­ing to over Nu. 2111.027 mil­lion, in the 13 dzongkhags.

His Majesty the King also granted Tokha to thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered to meet with their King and Queen.

Ad­dress­ing the peo­ple, His Majesty spoke on the cru­cial role that land plays in im­prov­ing the lives of the peo­ple, as well as the na­tional econ­omy, and con­tribut­ing to­wards achiev­ing the na­tional goal of food self-suf­fi­ciency.

“Our coun­try has limited arable land, and we are not yet self suf­fi­cient when it comes to food. If the peo­ple stand to ben­e­fit from land, and can use it to im­prove the lives of their chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, then it is al­ways bet­ter to put this land in the hands of the peo­ple, and help them pros­per, rather than let­ting it lie fal­low,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty re­as­sured the peo­ple that this would not be the fi­nal land kidu granted to them, and those whose land is­sues were not yet re­solved yet due to var­i­ous rea­sons would also be taken care of.

“We will have many more rounds of land kidu, and land re­form, at­tuned to the chang­ing times, and with the best in­ter­ests of the peo­ple at heart, will al­ways con­tinue,” His Majesty said.

The peo­ple of­fered Ku Sung Thukten Men­drel and Tshogchang to His Majesty.

His Majesty also granted au­di­ences to the dzongkhag of­fi­cials and lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, as well as armed force per­son­nel posted in Sam­drup Jongkhar, and granted kidu to care for Gyalpoi Tozeys and el­derly cit­i­zens.

Later, His Majesty vis­ited the dairy farm be­long­ing to Bhim Ba­hadur Karki, one of the re­cip­i­ents of the Na­tional Or­der of Merit (Sil­ver) on Na­tional Day this year.

In the morn­ing, His Majesty and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen graced the con­se­cra­tion of Lungta Pho­drang Lhakhang in De­wathang, which was built upon the Com­mand of His Majesty The King.

After hav­ing granted land kidu in Pema­gat­shel, His Majesty vis­ited Khenad­rang vil­lage on the 22nd of De­cem­ber, en­route to Sam­drup Jongkhar. Peo­ple liv­ing in far-flung ar­eas of Pema­gat­shel have been re­set­tled un­der His Majesty’s Peo­ple’s Project at Khenad­rang. The vil­lagers gath­ered at the com­mu­nity lhakhang to of­fer Tshogchang to Their Majesties, and were granted Tokha.

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