Visit: Villagers of Chimoong gewog in Pemagatshel yesterday raised numerous issues to the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s gewog visit, seeking immediate intervention.

The gewog does not have an agriculture extension officer and a gewog administrative officer.

Villagers said development in agriculture has been restricted in absence of the extension officer.

A villager, Sonam Tenzin, said that without the official for the past four years, it had been difficult for farmers. “If we’ve such an official we could consult on issues and help us solve problems,” he said.

He said when the lone health assistant is away for official works, there is no one to attend to patients.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay said that the agriculture extension officer will be arranged immediately.

The gewog has 204 households, of which more than 55 households are empty.

Chimung Gup Yeshey Wangdi requested the government to connect the gewog to the Gyalpoishing-Nganglam highway. The gewog is connected with Pemagatshel with a gewog connectivity road. However, people said it made more sense to connect the gewog to the highway, which is about six kilometres away from the gewog.

“Then we can easily selling our goods in Nganglam town, as the road will shorten the distance to the town, and the Regional Referral Hospital in Mongar,” a villager said.

“Today farmers travel all the way to Pemagatshel and then to the hospital which is a daylong journey,” another villager said.

Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said that her ministry would conduct a survey soon.

Lyonchoen urged the people to make use of the public infrastructure responsibly.

After an one-hour discussion with the people in the morning, lyonchoen left for Dungmin.

Lyonchoen will meet with the people of Dechenling gewog and Choekhorling gewog today. Later in the evening, he will meet with the people of Norbugang gewog.

After visiting the Dungsum cement factory tomorrow, he will leave for Phuentsholing.

Tashi Phuntsho |  Pemagatshel