Ly­onchen tells peo­ple of Me­wang Ge­wog not to sell their an­ces­tral land

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

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.

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