Lyonchen tells people of Mewang Gewog not to sell their ancestral land
Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay interacted with the people of Mewang and Kawang gewogs under Thimphu Dzongkhag on 5 August.
Expressing his delight at being able to talk to the people of Mewang Gewog, Lyonchen informed the people about the total budget allocated for the Gewog development.
For the financial year 2016-17, the government has allocated Nu.16.3 millions for the development of Mewang Gewog. “For the past year, the gewog achieved good performance and this year as well the gewog has good opportunities to perform well,” Lyonchen said.
Mewang Gewog has 670 households and approximately 5,000 people, which comes to about Nu.24,300 for each household for a year. Lyonchen said, “However, the devel- opment of education, health and road is excluded from the budget allocated for the development of gewog.”
For the past three years, the government has provided Nu.28.5 millions. The gewog has spent around Nu.28 million until the third year of the 11th Fiveyear Plan. Lyonchen said that it indicated good achievement by the gewog.
Lyonchen also spoke about different roles and responsibilities of the government and people. “It is important for the people to be aware of how much budget is allocated and how it is being spent,” Lyonchen said.
“Government is providing information on the use of resources. Therefore, people should understand and should be responsible for the proper use of resources,” he said.
Lyonchen urged the people not to sell their land. He said it is easy to sell the land but it can’t sustain for the future.
Talking about the health sector, Lyonchen said the Gedagom hospital will be expanded to a 60-bedded facility for the people to avail themselves of better health facilities. “People should visit the hospital for child delivery and the old should visit it as well,” he said. “Unlike other countries, the Royal Government of Bhutan has been providing free medical services.”
Lyonchen said the gewog received 100% electricity connection and each rural household has been provided 100 units of power per month free.
So far, there are 37 rural water supplies in the gewog which has achieved almost 100% coverage.
However, there has been an issue on the water supply. On this, Lyonchen informed the people that he had instructed the dzongda to take immediate action with a total of Nu 2.4 millions.
Speaking about health and hygiene, Lyonchen said that 98% of sanitation achievement in the gewog is good performance and an example for rest of the gewogs.
On education, Lyonchen said that most schools have the teacher to student ratio of 1:16 to 1:19, but in thromde
schools, the ratio is as high as 1:40. Lyonchen urged the parents to educate their child on agriculture and livestock besides their literary education.
For the past year, the government has allocated Nu.2million as gewog development grant. However, from this year, Nu.7 million has been allocated to the dzongkhag as dzongkhag development grant.
Meanwhile, the former local gewog representatives raised the issues on the maintenance of farm road, road construction and establishment of monasteries in their villages.
Hundreds of people were gathered in the multipurpose hall of Khasadrapchu Middle Secondary School. The people expressed deep gratitude to the Prime Minister for visiting them for the develop- ment of the gewog.
On the same day, Lyonchen also visited the first Hindu temple at Kuenselphodrang which is on the way to the Buddha statue. Currently, the Hindu temple is under construction and it occupies an area of 2.53 acres. From there, Lyonchen went to Kushugchen Middle Secondary to meet the people of Kawang Gewog.
Lyonpo Lekey Dorji, Thimphu Dzongda and cabinet secretary accompanied Lyonchen to the gewog meetings.
Till date, Lyonchen has visited 108 gewogs.