Gyaltshab inaugurates the rehabilitation project in Lhuentse
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.