Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu
Prime Minister (PM) Tshering Tobgay’s recent visit to Kanglung gewog on March 21, 2017 has not only lifted the hopes of the residents but also clarified several issues that the people were unsure of.
In what the people of Kanglung described as an historic meeting as both the PM and the gewog’s national assembly representative, Education minister Norbu Wangchuk were present, the people said that the future of Kanglung was exhibited during the interaction and meeting.
“Kanglung may perhaps be one of the oldest towns in Bhutan. But there has not been much progress in terms of infrastructure development, especially clean drinking water even within the town area,” Jigme Wangchuk, a farmer said. However, in the meeting the people were informed that drinking water that will cover almost all pockets of Kanglung will be brought all the way from Rongthung, which is five kilometers from Kanglung. “This is an indication that the government is sincerely concerned about service delivery,” he said.
“During the meeting, Lyonchhen spoke about very important national issues,” Ugyen Dorji, a retired civil servant said. “The PM said that people should not depend on the government fully and that the government and people should work together,” Ugyen said, adding that “it is true.” Ugyen mentioned that the main responsibility of the government is to assess and acknowledge the needs of the people and provide funds. “How the fund is utilized depends on the people and the local government (LG),” he said, underscoring that Kanglung is lucky to have a gup who is also the Thrizin of Trashigang dzongkhag. “Thrizin Kinzang Dorji and lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk must be meeting or interacting over the phone on the needs of the gewog, due to which development is happening,” he said.
Wangchuk from the gewog said Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk’s clarification on Kanglung being identified as one of the educational hubs was very important. “We were concerned as Kanglung did not get the status of a Thromde and also a Yenla Thromde. We thought that Kanglung would be cut off, but Lyonpo’s clarification on Kanglung as an educational hub has made us very happy,” he said. Wangchuk further mentioned that the people were told about the upcoming college in Yongphula and the fact that designing was already completed. “We are now more aware of Kanglung’s future and can visualize the benefits that the people of Kanglung will accrue,” he said.
Dechen, 44, from Kanglung town said that the meeting has clarified one of the most important issues that people have been talking about. “I am talking of the helicopter service. During the meeting the Prime Minister said that women should always go to hospitals for delivery and that if the cases are serious, people, irrespective of their background will be taken by the chopper to Thimphu hospital. All that is required is the doctor’s words that the case is severe,” she said, stating that it is now clear that “people are just spreading rumors by saying that the helicopter is for rich people only.”
The visit to Udzorong-Kanglung-Samkhar constituency is one of the last constituencies that the PM has covered. During this visit, Lyonchhen also spoke with the students of Sherubtse College