The smile on the wrinkled face of Tshering Dem, a farmer of Chedalu village in Wangdue was not because of the ‘international happiness day’ celebrations yesterday.
It was because officials from the dzongkhag administration voluntarily roofed her small house with CGI sheets yesterday. “I never dreamt of roofing my house with CGI,” Tshering Dem said. “I am very happy.”
Apart from providing 26 CGI sheets and timber, more than 20 officials roofed her two-storied traditional house, and built a balcony and a small kitchen.
Tshering Dem and her husband were living under a broken roof for more than a decade. The shingle roof no longer protected them from the monsoons nor the frost of winter. The couple struggled to make ends meet, let alone roof their home.
“By doing something small like this, we feel we’ve implemented GNH,” dzongda Lhundup Wangchuk said.
Lhundup Wangchuk said what the dzongkhag administration did for the couple was supplementing what His Majesty the King has been doing. Tshering Dem is a kidu recipient and receives Nu 800 a month as destitute allowance.
In fulfilling the philosophy of GNH, the dzongkhag administration henceforth would provide volunteer service to the needy in the dzongkhag, the dzongda said. “There are many who need assistance but they don’t come forward,” he said.
Coinciding with the international happiness day, a newly built passenger shed at the junction of Bajo and Wangdue-Trongsa highway was also inaugurated yesterday. The shed, which can accommodate more than 20 people, was built for commuters to rest, protect themselves from the rain and sun while they wait to hitch a ride, the dzongda said.
In Bajo town, the district health sector provided a medical check up for life style related diseases where more than 100 people turned up to avail the service. The day was also observed by planting more than 100 tree saplings in the dzongkhag administration compound and students of Bajo higher secondary school performing culture programmes.
By Tenzin Namgyel, Wangdue