His Majesty grants land Kidu in Ch­hukha

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Reporter

15 Oc­to­ber 2015, Ch­hukha: As part of His Majesty’s land re­form ex­er­cise, 8,143.34 acres of land kidu was granted to 7011 thram hold­ers of Ch­hukha Dzongkhag.

Dur­ing an Au­di­ence granted to the peo­ple of Ch­hukha dzongkhag at the Dzong, His Majesty de­scribed land as a scarce and pre­cious re­source. With only 7% of the to­tal land us­able na­tion­wide and only 4.9% in Ch­hukha, land is very spe­cial– it em­pow­ers those liv­ing off it to build a bright fu­ture for their chil­dren. His Majesty ad­vised the peo­ple to make good use of the land that was be­ing granted to them.

His Majesty also as­sured the peo­ple that once the first round of land kidu is com­pleted in all the 20 dzongkhags, the sec­ond round would com­mence, to en­sure that what­ever land is­sues still re­main would con­tinue to be re­solved.

Ch­hukha is the 14th dzongkhag where land kidu has been granted as part of the land re­form ex­er­cise.

The land re­form ex­er­cise be­gan in 2007 with the Royal Com­mand from His Majesty to carry out a Na­tional Cadas­tral Resur­vey Pro­gram. His Majesty Com­manded that: “Land is­sues must be re­solved once and for all - if we do not take it upon our­selves to­day to carry out a mas­sive and all en­com­pass­ing ex­er­cise, then like in the past, we will only make small im­prove­ments on the ex­ist­ing sys­tem but leave the big­gest prob­lems un­re­solved bur­den­ing the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion be­gan this com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey from June 2008 and com­pleted it by De­cem­ber 2013. The NCRP brought to light the var­i­ous dis­crep­an­cies in land use,

records and own­er­ship across the coun­try. The dis­crep­an­cies are be­ing re­solved con­clu­sively with His Majesty’s grant­ing of the Land Kidu to those peo­ple who have been us­ing state land for gen­er­a­tions with­out own­er­ship.

A to­tal of 131,347 acres of land have been granted in 144 gewogs to 109,499 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Lhuentse, Bumthang, Mon­gar, Wang­duepho­drang, Haa, Da­gana, Pu­nakha, Trongsa, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Zhem­gang, Pema­gat­shel, Sam­drupjongkhar and Ch­hukha since the his­toric launch of the ex­er­cise from Lhuentse in 2009. All the ben­e­fi­cia­ries are ex­empted from ex­cess land pay­ments.

In Ch­hukha, His Majesty per­son­ally met thou­sands of peo­ple from across the dzong- khag who came to the Dzong to meet their King. The peo­ple were granted Tokha.

To com­mem­o­rate the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty granted a gilded Chen­rezi statue to the Ch­hukha Dzongkhag Rabdey.

His Majesty granted Au­di­ences to civil ser­vants, cor­po­rate em­ploy­ees and lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the dzongkhag in the af­ter­noon.

His Majesty The King is on a Royal Tour to vil­lages in Ch­hukha Dzongkhag.

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