l Usha Drukpa, Thimphu
In what many retired armed forces in the East calls as a “Kidu,” whose price cannot be measured, the office of His Royal Highness, Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck started operation of the Guesthouse of His Majesty’s Retired Armed Force Society at Mongar on September, 29, 2017.
A press release from the Office of the Gyalshab says that although the 31 bedded Guesthouses was inaugurated on December 9, 2016 by His Royal Highness, The Gyaltshab, the operation was delayed as major maintenances had to be undertaken.
The Guesthouse will provide free accommodation to the retired armed force personnel and their immediate family members, who come to Mongar for medical treatments or during transits. Dining facilities will also be available on payment of minimal charges.
The Guesthouse was instituted on the Command of His Majesty the King as one of the welfare initiatives for retired armed force personnel. Through this initiative, problems faced by the above beneficiaries will be solved.
Mongaar’s Kidu Officer said the initiative will immensely benefit retired armed forces. “As the Regional Hospital, several people, including retired armed forces and their family come to Mongaar Hospital. Hotels cannot be afforded and some people land up living in the open,” he said, adding that the initiative says a lot of His Majesty’s concerns for the people.
Tashi Wangmo, family member of a retired armed force in Chhaskar gewog, Mongaar, narrated the trouble she encountered before when she had to take her grandfather to the hospital. “We are always concerned that patients will be admitted, as we will then have to stay in Mongaar. Due to economic reasons, we cannot afford to stay in hotels. The Guest House is a Kidu of the highest order and we thank His Majesty,” she said, underlining that the Guest House would benefit hundreds of people.
The Guesthouse will be managed by the His Majesty’s Retired Armed Force Society. The Society can be reached through the toll free helpline 999.