Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay’s visit to Gewogs in Haa Dzongkhag

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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.

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