| Tashi Tobgay, Thimphu
His Majesty The King granted land kidu to 1,157 thram holders from 4 gewogs in Gasa Dzongkhag on October 23, 2017. This is a part of His Majesty’s land reform exercise.
The beneficiaries received a total of 433.58 acres of land as Kidu, as well as excess cost exemption and refund of Nu. 3.368 million.
Gasa is the 16th Dzongkhag in the country in which His Majesty has granted land kidu to resolve accumulated land issues.
The land reform exercise began in 2007 with the Royal Command to carry out a National Cadastral Resurvey Program (NCRP). His Majesty Commanded that: “Land issues must be resolved once and for all – if we do not take it upon ourselves today to carry out a massive and all encompassing exercise, then like in the past, we will only make small improvements on the existing system but leave the biggest problems unresolved burdening the future generations.”
The National Land Commission began this comprehensive survey from June 2008 and completed it by December 2013.
The NCRP brought to light the various discrepancies in land use, records and ownership across the country.
The discrepancies are being resolved conclusively with His Majesty’s granting of the Land Kidu to those people who have been using state land for generations without ownership.
A total of 132,026.738 acres of land have been granted in 156 gewogs to 113,637 beneficiaries in Lhuentse, Bumthang, Mongar, Wangduephodrang, Haa, Dagana, Punakha, Trongsa, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Zhemgang, Pemagatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Thimphu, Chukha, and Gasa since 2010.
Beneficiaries have also been granted exemption of excess cost amounting to over Nu. 2201.43 million, in the 16 Dzongkhags.
At the ceremony, the Dzongkhag and gewog officials, and the people of Gasa offered Mendrel Ku Sung Thuk Ten to His Majesty The King.