Lyonchhen visits Gewogs in Bumthang
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