Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay’s visit to Gewogs in Haa Dzongkhag
In order to meet, discuss and get feedbacks from the people living at the grassroots level on the plans, policies, programs of the government and other important matters concerning the country and people, the Government will be visiting all the 205 gewogs in the coming months.
In July this year, Lyonchhen visited four Gewogs - Tangsibji, Drakten, Langthel and Tangsibji in Trongsa Dzongkhag.
From 2nd - 4th August 2015, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay was in Haa visiting four Gewogs - Bji, Katsho; Samar and Eusu. Lyonchhen was joined by Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Ministry of Finance for the visits to the Gewogs. Lyonpo Namgay was in Haa Dzongkhag on ‘budget sensitisation’ meeting.
Talking to the people gathered (at different location and time) from the four Gewogs, Lyonchhen reminded the people on the importance of the nation celebrating the 60th Birth Anniversary of Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Lyonchhen informed the people about the total budget layout for different activities under their gewogs and Dzongkhag for the financial year 2015-16.
Maintaining water source, pipelines and electric fences, once the government has made the required investments, fall onto the beneficiaries living in that locality Lyonchhen said.
“If there is no water, then it is the people who will suffer, and if the electric fences are covered in weed, the fences will not serve its purpose. Take ownership and do regular maintenance work,” Lyonchhen spoke.
Lyonchhen also urged the people to make use of the Gewog Banking Service at the Community Centers.
Lyonchhen spoke about health, hygiene (how important it is to use toilets, drink clean water) and the health trust fund (properly consuming the free medicine prescribed by doctors/health workers). Lyonchhen also talked about the importance of education (quality of education, center schools); agriculture (farm shops, farm roads), and other important development activities taking place in Haa Dzongkhag and around the country. Lyonchhen also took questions from the people.
Apart from meeting with the people of three gewogs, Lyonchhen visited Drana Dingkha Lhakhang to pay his respects. Lyonchhen also examined the progress of Lhakhang Karpo.
At Chundu Center School, the program began with the offering of Zhapten to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. Speaking to the students at Chundu Central School on 3rd August 2015, Lyonchhen reiterated the three golden phrases i.e “Learning to Learn; Life Long Learning and Preparing for Life” of His Majesty the King to the students during the Royal Visit to Haa Dzongkhag. Talking to the teachers, Lyonchhen asked them to teach the students how to achieve the three golden phrases of His Majesty the King. Lyonchhen also urged the teachers to take, improving the quality of education, with a sense of urgency.
The school has 25 teachers and 348 students. With the teacher to student ratio of 1:14, the school has great opportunity and responsibility to set best examples for quality education in the country, Lyonchhen said. For the day school students, the government spends approximately Nu. 50,000/- per child, which is more than the fees for day school students studying in private school in Haa. Lyonchhen also handed over some books to the Principal for the school library.
At Bji Gewog Community Center, Lyonchhen examined facilities and the records of visitors to the Gewog Community Center. The Center offers facilities like internet services, photocopy, scanner, lamination, postal stamps and Banking Service (POS machine). According to the center operator, it is mostly students and farmers who visit the center.
Lyonchhen visited the under construction, 3 Windows Farmer’s Shop (livestock, agriculture and forestry) and the Eusu Meri Phuensum Tshongdrel Detshen, under Eusu Gewog and the Fish Hatchery center while in Haa.