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Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Dur­ing the fifth ses­sion of the sec­ond Par­lia­ment, when the ses­sion dis­cussed about es­tab­lish­ment of the 16 Dzongkhags Thromdes and the Yen­lag Thromdes, sadly Pema­gat­shel Dzongkhag could nei­ther have a Dzongkhag Thromde nor a Yen­lag Thromde as re­quired un­der clause no: 2 of the Ar­ti­cle 22 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of King­dom of Bhutan.

For that, the op­po­si­tion party (DPT) had raised is­sues con­cern­ing the se­lec­tion of the Dzongkhag Town­ship in Nganglam and Denchhi as the Yen­lag Thromde.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from the op­po­si­tion party, it states that it was clear that the proper con­sul­ta­tion with the stake­hold­ers and the peo­ple was not done. The shop­keep­ers and the peo­ple of eight gewogs would have been con­sulted and briefed on the jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for se­lect­ing ei­ther Denchhi or Nganglam and how Denchhi town would not be af­fected even it re­mained as Yen­lag Thromde.

The re­lease fur­ther states that, ever since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pema­gat­shel Dzongkhag, the gov­ern­ment had been look­ing for a suit­able site for the con­struc­tion of the Dzong as well as the Dzongkhag town. Fi­nally in view of the wide and flat area, Denchhi, which falls un­der the Shu­mar ge­wog was iden­ti­fied as the site both for the new Dzong con­struc­tion and town­ship de­vel­op­ment by the fourth Druk Gyalpo. It is lo­cated in the cen­tre of eight gewogs.

In fact, it was His Ho­li­ness Due­jom Rim­pochhe who named the Dzongkhag as Pema­gat­shel in 1968. Denchhi forms the cen­tre of the lo­tus flower while the sur­round­ing moun­tains and hill­tops as petals, states the re­lease.

Press re­lease fur­ther states that, the river Marung which is part of Denchhi, houses some shops, which have been in ex­is­tence for years. Be­fore the con­struc­tion of roads to five gewogs, namely: Yu­rung, Ch­hi­mong, Khar, Chong­sh­ing and Dung­min dur­ing the 10th FYP, the peo­ple from these gewogs as well as from Kengkhar from Mon­gar Dzongkhag would come to this busy town for the sale of lo­cally pro­duced goods mainly or­anges and for shop­ping for house­hold re­quire­ments. Fur­ther up to­wards the south are small towns such as Gyp­sum, Khothagpa, and the tem­po­rary shops at Pema­gat­shel Dzong area. There is also a satel­lite town called Khairi Gonpa. Put all these towns to­gether, Denchhi was rightly cho­sen as the Dzongkhag town.

Un­der the com­mand of His Majesty the Fourth King the then Na­tional Assem­bly de­lib­er­ated and ap­proved the Denchhi as the Dzongkhag town­ship on 26th March, 2006 dur­ing its 89th ses­sion giv­ing a sigh of re­lief to the peo­ple of Pema­gat­shel, states the press re­lease.

Press re­lease fur­ther states that as re­quired un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan, the is­sue of Dzongkhag Thromdes was dis­cussed and ap­proved Denchhi as the Dzong- khag Thromde “B” but the Par­lia­ment on 7th July 2010 along with 15 other Thromdes “B”. Ac­cord­ingly, all prepara­tory works in­clud­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of lands from the pri­vate peo­ple, de­mar­ca­tion of plots, and over all master plan had been done. The work of in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment has also been be­gun. The for­mer gov­ern­ment was ac­cused of pay­ing the com­pen­sa­tion of lands higher than the Prop­erty As­sess­ment and Val­u­a­tion Agency (PAVA) rates bring­ing the name of Denchhi to the lime­light.

The peo­ple, es­pe­cially the shop­keep­ers at the Pema­gat­shel town, were pre­par­ing to move down to the Denchhi town. The sud­den an­nounce­ment of Nganglam as the Dzongkhag Thromde came to the peo­ple of up­per Pema­gat­shel as a bomb­shell. Fur­ther, out of 16 Dzongkhag Thromdes, Pema­gat­shel was the only one that was not based on the 2010 Thromdes ap­proved by the Par­lia­ment, states the press re­lease.

It also stated that, ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion, the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment ( MPs) from up­per Pema­gat­shel re­ceived was that the Ge­wog Tshogde ( GT) had emer­gency meet­ing on the Dzongkhag Thromde and most of them en­dorsed Denchhi as Dzongkhag Thromde. Dur­ing the emer­gency meet­ing of Dzongkhag Tshogdu ( DT) held on 10th May, 2015, there seemed to a sort of con­fu­sion stem­ming from the note stat­ing that Nanglam Throm was ap­proved by our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo and that was why most of the DT mem­bers did not ex­press their views. At that time there was no ques­tion of Dzongkhag Thromde. Sadly, the Pema­gat­shel re­mains the only Dzongkhag with­out Thromde.

But the good news is that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment would have time to con­sult with the peo­ple and de­ci­sion taken in the in­ter­est of the Dzongkhag in fa­vor of ei­ther Denchhi or Nganglam.

Mean­while, it was good of the Prime Min­is­ter to an­nounce dur­ing the State of Na­tion re­port that the peo­ple of Pema­gat­shel should not worry about it as the gov­ern­ment would ac­cel­er­ate the re­sub­mis­sion process through the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and there would be time for con­sul­ta­tion with the peo­ple.

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