De­lay in re­lo­ca­tion of Gele­phu Dungkhag dis­cussed in the cur­rent ses­sion of the par­lia­ment

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Since the 7th ses­sion of the Dzongkhag Tshogdu of Sarpang Dzongkhag had de­cided to shift the Gele­phu Dungkhag to Um­ling gewog, but till now the work has not been started so far, for that dur­ing the Q&A ses­sion of the 5th ses­sion of 2nd Par­lia­ment, the Mem­ber from Gele­phu con­stituency ques­tioned the Min­is­ter for Home & Cul­tural Af­fairs on why the Gele­phu Dungkhag was not re­lo­cated de­spite the de­ci­sion be­ing reached for this more than a year ago.

MP Gopal Gu­rung said that the de­ci­sion was taken with vot­ing process dur­ing the 7th ses­sion of Dzongkhag Tshogdu that Dungkhag head­quar­ter will be shifted to Um­ling gewog. He said that from Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs the Dzongkhag haven’t re­ceived any di­rec­tive as of now.

Although as per the Dzonkhag Tshogdu, it has been de­cided that the Gele­phu Dungkhag will be shifted to Um­ling gewog, but from gov­ern­ment side is there any bar­rier for shift­ing or if it is to be shifted, he ques­tioned that when the shift­ing of Dungkhag will take place.

He said that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­cerned had al­ready de­cided to re­lo­cate the Dungkhag and was ac­cord­ingly sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry for nec­es­sary ac­tions.

Re­spond­ing to the query, the Min­is­ter for Home & Cul­tural Af­fairs, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji said that Um­ling gewog was iden­ti­fied as the new Dungkhag head­quar­ters by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of the area.

Since the Gele­phu Dungkhag is lo­cated with Thromde, Ly­onpo said that the shift­ing of Dungkhag head­quar­ter found that it nec­es­sary to shift to other places. But shift­ing to Chuza­e­gang or Um­ling or to Ser­shong, the de­ci­sion should be taken by the lo­cal peo­ple. “To shift the Dungkhag head­quar­ter will it ben­e­fit the peo­ple from se­cu­rity prob­lem and peo­ple of th­ese gewog will also do not have to come to Gele­phu by cross­ing the Mao river, which is also the risk for the peo­ple” said the Ly­onpo.

He said that dur­ing their visit last year, peo­ple have full sup­port for shift­ing of Dungkhag head­quar­ter but to shift the Dungkhag, gov­ern­ment will not de­cide in which gewog the Dungkhag head­quar­ter will be shifted, it has to de­cide as per the rules and reg­u­la­tion of democ­racy, so lo­cal gov­ern­ment has to de­cide.

He said that of­fi­cials of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment have spo­ken with the peo­ple and also de­cided in the Tshogdu and has fi­nal­ized to shift the Dungkhag in Um­ling. For that the ap­pli­ca­tion was reached to Home Min­istry but still due to the con­cern and prob­lems faced by some of the public, the ap­pli­ca­tion was sent back to Sarpang Dzongkhag to de­cide prop­erly.

How­ever, Ly­onpo added that the gov­ern­ment had iden­ti­fied 5 acres of land at Um­ling for estab­lish­ment of Dungkhag head­quar­ter and thus nec­es­sary ap­provals were be­ing sought from the Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion (NLC) for land re­lated is­sues. The Min­is­ter also said that it would take longer time to re­lo­cate the Dungkhag as there was no bridge over the Mao River to reach Um­ling. He said that the gov­ern­ment is con­stantly work­ing on the is­sue and from the Dzongkhag sides, en­gi­neer were also send to study the ar­eas and the plan­ning are also in progress.

The shift­ing of the Dungkhag head­quar­ter was de­layed since there is no bridge in Mao river and due to that the work in Um­ling was af­fected even af­ter get­ting the per­mis­sion from the land com­mis­sion and af­ter com­plet­ing the plan­ning and the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion , the Ly­onpo added .

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