Gyalt­shab inau­gu­rates the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project in Lhuentse

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Co­in­cid­ing with the Corona­tion Day of His Majesty The King, His Royal High­ness Gyalt­shab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, ac­com­pa­nied by Ashi Yeatso Lhamo, graced the in­au­gu­ra­tion of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project at Ney un­der Gangzur Gewog, Lhuentse on 1st Novem­ber (20th day of the 9th Bhutanese month) 2015. The event was ded­i­cated to the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The pro­gramme started with Lhab­sang Thrue­soel fol­lowed by offering of Ch­hoe­mey and Zhabten to His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and cul­tural pro­gramme.

On be­half of His Majesty The King, His Royal High­ness the Gyalt­shab granted Royal Kasho and Lag Thram for Khimsa to 51 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries. His Royal High­ness also in­spected the new houses and met with the fam­i­lies of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

His Royal High­ness also met with more than 1000 peo­ple in­clud­ing the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries, stu­dents & teach­ers of Ney Pri­mary School, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, Dzongkhag & Gewog staff and other nearby vil­lagers who had come to at­tend the func­tion, and granted Tokha on be­half of His Majesty. The peo­ple of­fered Tshogch­hang to the Gyalt­shab.

The med­i­cal team on duty con­ducted a health camp where health ex­perts checked in­di­vid­u­als and treated. Those, who needed fur­ther check-up, were re­ferred to Lhuentse Dzongkhag hos­pi­tal.

The project was im­ple­mented un­der Na­tional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gramme, which was ini­ti­ated upon the Royal Com­mand of His Majesty, in or­der to al­le­vi­ate poverty and im­prove liveli­hoods of the land­less and so­cioe­co­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple across the coun­try. Un­der the pro­gramme ben­e­fi­cia­ries are pro­vided land, sup­port for shel­ter and in­come gen­er­a­tion, and other es­sen­tial so­cio-eco­nomic ser­vices. The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram is jointly co­or­di­nated by the Of­fice of the Gyalpoi Zim­pon, Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion, and the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other rel­e­vant sec­tors, which to­gether con­sti­tute the Mul­ti­sec­tor Task Force (MSTF) of the pro­gramme.

A to­tal of 51 house­holds/fam­i­lies (in­clud­ing land­less farm­ers and so­cioe-co­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged) from re­mote and far-flung vil­lages in eight Ge­wogs of Lhuentse Dzongkhag have been re­ha­bil­i­tated at Ney un­der His Majesty’s Kidu. Ear­lier the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries had no ac­cess to roads, were liv­ing in di­lap­i­dated struc­tures or had no proper shel­ter, and lived far from ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices. They had to walk more than an hour to fetch drink­ing wa­ter and were not con­nected to elec­tric­ity. Most house­holds sub­sisted on agri­cul­ture and live­stock ac­tiv­i­ties while some had been liv­ing on oth­ers’ farm land and work­ing for other fam­i­lies on daily wages for gen­er­a­tions.

The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries were granted land and sup­port for hous­ing, in­come gen­er­a­tion and ba­sic so­cioe­co­nomic ser­vices. The project also ren­o­vated the ex­ist­ing ser­vice in­fras­truc­tures in­clud­ing Ney Com­mu­nity Lhakhang and Ney Pri­mary School. The project, which com- menced in July 2012 and com­pleted by June 2014, was im­ple­mented at a cost Nu. 53.87 mil­lion. The project works were ex­e­cuted by Lhuentse Dzongkhag. As a re­sult of the project, the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries (51 house­holds, 373 peo­ple) have sturdy homes of their own, with wa­ter, toi­lets and elec­tric­ity, live close to farm roads, and have ac­cess to in­come gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Af­ter the com­ple­tion of the first vil­lage of its kind in Khenad­rang un­der Zo­bel Gewog, Pema Gat­shel Dzongkhag in 2013, Ney Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Project is the sec­ond project to be com­pleted un­der Na­tional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gramme. Cur­rently, there are 3 more such projects be­ing im­ple­mented at Bo­rangma un­der Nor­bugang Gewog in Pema Gas­thel, Dawan­thang un­der Langchen­phu Gewog in Sam­drup Jongkhar and Be­bji in Som­baykha Dungkhag, Haa.

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