Ly­onch­hen vis­its Gewogs in Bumthang

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On Au­gust 27, Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay trav­elled to Bumthang and met the peo­ple of Tang and Ura Gewogs. The next day, Ly­onch­hen met with the peo­ple from Chumey and Choekhor Gewogs in the Dzongkhag.

Ly­onch­hen in­formed the peo­ple about the de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing car­ried out by the gov­ern­ment and the bud­get al­lo­cated to the gewogs and the Dzongkhag for the 11FYP and the cur­rent fis­cal year.

Meet­ing res­i­dents of the gewogs, Ly­onch­hen said that he would be vis­it­ing all gewogs in the coun­try to in­ter­act and hear from the peo­ple, their opin­ions and as­pi­ra­tions.

Ly­onch­hen added that he would in­spect ongo- ing de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties, ad­dress is­sues and chal­lenges as the gov­ern­ment car­ries out mid-term re­view (MTR) of the 11th Five Year Plan.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ings, Ly­onch­hen spoke about the im­por­tance of healthcare, san­i­ta­tion, main­tain­ing and en­sur­ing ac­cess to clean drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply.

In ed­u­cat­ing the chil­dren, Ly­onch­hen it­er­ated that the teach­ers must com­mit to teach­ing their stu­dents and chil­dren well. The par­ents must en­cour­age their chil­dren to ex­cel in their stud­ies and they must also sup­port the teach­ers, Ly­onch­hen high­lighted.

To re­duce de­pen­dency on fire­wood and for liv­ing healthy lifet­syles, Ly­onch­hen ad­vised the peo­ple to uti­lize elec­tric ap­pli­ances. The Prime Min­is­ter told the peo­ple that the gov­ern­ment pro­vided 100 units of elec­tric­ity cost­free to ru­ral house­holds. For a fam­ily com­pris­ing of 5-7 peo­ple, as per the cal­cu­la­tions, 100 units of elec­tric­ity is enough to cover the costs in­curred in us­age of elec­tric rice cook­ers, wa­ter boil­ers, curry cook­ers, mo­bile phones and light­ing 4 bulbs.

To in­crease agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity, Ly­onch­hen en­cour­aged the farm­ers to make proper use of fa­cil­i­ties such as power tillers, elec­tric fences, green houses, farm shops (Sanam Tshon­gkhangs) and farm­ers’ out­reach bank­ing ser­vices.

In­form­ing the peo­ple on gov­ern­ment per­for­mance and man­age­ment sys­tem (GPMS), Ly­onch­hen said that the per­for­mance agree­ments signed be­tween the Prime Min­is­ter and the Dzongd-

ags would go a long way in help­ing the Dzongkhags ac­com­plish their spe­cific tar­gets by fast­track­ing de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties.

In ad­di­tion, Ly­onch­hen as­serted that the roles and man­dates of the gov­ern­ment were to pro­vide means to the peo­ple. He fur­ther re­quested the peo­ple to work hard and do their part in bring­ing about progress and de­vel­op­ment.

The lo­cal lead­ers of all four gewogs thanked Ly­onch­hen for vis­it­ing their gewogs and said that such vis­its by the Prime Min­is­ter of a coun- try were his­tor­i­cal. They con­veyed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pledged to make wise use of the bud­get al­lo­cated to their gewogs in or­der to ful­fill the ob­jec­tives of the 11FYP.

As per the in­struc­tions of the Prime Min­is­ter, a min­is­ter is to look af­ter two Dzongkhags in addi- tion to shoul­der­ing their as­signed re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Hence, Ly­onpo Nam­gay Dorji joined the Prime Min­is­ter to var­i­ous ge­wog meet­ings in Bumthang. The Fi­nance Min­is­ter is re­spon­si­ble for Trongsa and Bumthang Dzongkhags.

To celebrate and pay trib­ute on the joy­ous oc­ca­sion of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th Birth An­niver­sary, the Prime Min­is­ter would be pay­ing vis­its to all 205 gewogs. So far, Ly­onch­hen has vis­ited 24 gewogs in four Dzongkhags of Trongsa, Haa, Tsir­ang and Bumthang.

Ge­wog visit: Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tog­bay with the vil­lagers in Ura Ge­wog in Bumthang

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