Cook­ing gas short­age in Trongsa

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Ru­ral peo­ple in Trongsa Dzongkhag have been fac­ing the same prob­lem of LPG short­age even with new sys­tem put in place by Re­gional Trade Of­fice.

Peo­ple of Langthel gewog travel 60KM on taxi by pay­ing huge amount of money and have to go back with their empty cylin­der most of the time.

Karma farmer from Langthel said, “It is very dif­fi­cult for peo­ple like me those who stay far from BOC to get the LPG even in two months”. “I keep my empty cylin­der with my brother who stays at town. This is the only way I could do to get filled gas cylin­der.” he said.

Lo­cal lead­ers dur­ing the 12th Dzngkhag Tshog­due ( DT) also raised the is­sue with the Re­gional Trade Of­fice.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Re­gional Trade Of­fice said in the DT that cen­tral re­gion com­prises of Bumthang, Trongsa and Zhem­gang of which 100met­ric ton or 7000 gas cylin­ders ev­ery year are not suf­fi­cient to all the pub­lic.

As per rep­re­sen­ta­tive, since there is no clear-cut sys­tem of is­su­ing cylin­ders, of­fi­cials are fac­ing very dif­fi­cult to dis­trib­ute the cylin­ders. BOC, Trongsa is­sue each cylin­der monthly to each LPG card hold­ers.

Now Re­gional Trade of­fice is­sues cards to all the Cit­i­zen ID hold­ers for the peo­ple of Trongsa Dzongkhag and if em­ployed they ask ver­i­fi­ca­tion from agen­cies in ad­di­tional to CID to is­sue the gas card.

For the busi­ness pur­pose the Re­gional Trade of­fice is­sues dif­fer­ent card meant for hos­tels and restau­rants.

Lo­cal lead­ers sug­gested Re­gional Trade in the DT that if they could change the sys­tem of dis­tribut­ing gas cylin­der by is­su­ing card in house holds ba­sis rather than is­su­ing to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual. The Re­gional Trade of­fi­cials wel­comed the idea and said they are ready to fol­low the sys­tem en­dorsed by DT if it ben­e­fits the pub­lic.

Drak­teng Gup said though there is a sys­tem of dis­tribut­ing one cylin­der in ev­ery month, peo­ple from re­mote ar­eas faces dif­fi­culty to get even one in three months. He also sug­gested if Trade and BOD could keep dif­fer­ent pack­age for the Ge­wogs.

For this Re­gional Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive said so far there is no sys­tem of keep­ing dif­fer­ent pack­age for the Ge­wogs. How­ever de­pend­ing on the num­ber of pop­u­la­tion, peo­ple can write to the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs for the es­tab­lish­ment of de­pot in the ge­wogs.

To solve the dif­fi­cul­ties of the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion, Re­gional Trade Of­fice in Trongsa will write to its’ Min­istry to es­tab­lish de­pot in ev­ery Gewog.

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