DT: Local leaders and the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Samdrupjongkhar declared Samdrupcholing as the yenlag thromde yesterday. Lauri gup Pema Dorji argued that thromde should be in Jomotsangkha because the dungkhag was less developed compared with Samdrupcholing. Martshala gup Yenten Dorji said that it would be cheaper for the government to establish a thromde in Samdrupcholing.
Connectivity: Villagers of Richanglu chiwog in Gomdar are happy that a road is finally coming to the village. About 2km of the 14.6km road has been completed since work began from February. Richanglu is a three-hour walk from the gewog centre.
Rather than wait for govt. intervention, villagers may have to take the initiative themselves Wildlife: Although villagers of Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar are adamant that they have been promised an electric fencing during the agriculture minister’s visit about a month ago, the minister said he did not promise but suggested that they install electric fencing to combat the human wildlife conflict. With increasing wildlife attacks, an issue the gewog has been tackling for decades, villagers said the tshogpa informed them that the ministry would look into [... Read More]
Outbreak: Decheling Lower Secondary School (DLSS) reported 13 cases of chickenpox among students yesterday. The basic health unit (BHU) in Decheling has been getting a number of chickenpox cases among the students studying in the school since December last year. Until the first week of March, some 141 reported to the BHU with chickenpox.
Villagers felt cheated, while officials say it was a case of miscommunication Education: Orong lower secondary school (OLSS) is about a four-hour walk from Philuma village. When a plan to upgrade the school to a central school was sounded off to parents, they readily agreed with authorities to close down the extended classroom (ECR) in the village. A central school meant free meals, free uniform and no fees. Parents were told so, in convincing them to walk their children to Orong. The 22 students of [... Read More]
Dagana was the worst hit among the nine dzongkhags Disaster: The windstorm that swept across nine dzongkhags on the night of April 4 injured three people and affected 792 households, mostly in the southern belt, according to a preliminary report with the department of disaster management. All dzongkhags also reported damages to about 92 structures belonging to the culture, health and education ministries. A cow in Goshing, Dagana and four calves in Chudzom, Sarpang were killed. The report states that, of the three injured persons, [... Read More]
Roads: Villagers of Selchenmo and Hyla in Wangphu, Samdrupjongkhar heard that they would be connected by road. So they formed vegetable cooperatives. But the road never came. And now the farmers of the two villages say politicians, who promised them the road, lied to them. They grow vegetables in abundance but cannot sell it without road connectivity. Selchenmo vegetable cooperative has 30 members, and Hyla has 19.
Agriculture: The absence of an agriculture extension officer in Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar has left villagers with no contact person to deal with regarding agriculture or cultivation issues. Despite several requests made through the gewog tshogdu, no replacement has been sent after the former agriculture extension officer left for studies last year. Villagers said the agriculture extension officer from Gomdar was supposed to look after Wangphu gewog, but since Gomdar is the largest gewog in the dzongkhag, they were unable to reach the agriculture officer when [... Read More]
Given that demand far outstrips supply, the association has nowhere to go but up Cooperative: As soon as the clock strikes seven, Genden Zangmo, 48, in Gomdar carries her bamboo basket and goes out knocking on her neighbours’ doors. Each door opens to hand over bottles of milk. Her friend Sherab Choezom, 40, helps her carry the milk. This is a regular routine for every Gomdar villager, who takes turns to collect and deliver milk to the milk-processing unit.
Agriculture: Almost two years after it was launched, Pemathang gewog’s vegetable cooperative, Tshesey Gongphel Dhetshen, is failing. The cooperative has so far been able to save only Nu 600. The 10-member cooperative is now planning on growing ginger on a six-acre land that the cooperative acquired from the government. The members expect to earn more from ginger.