Seven households appeal after becoming a part of the thromde

MTR: Seven households in Chakhar village and Jambay Lhakhang area that have come in the new thromde’s jurisdiction want to stay out of the thromde.

They have written to the Chokhor gewog expressing their wish to be still with the gewog. They even requested the Prime Minister during his visit to the dzongkhag recently.

Bumthang dzongdag Phub Tshering said the Prime Minister had explained to the people about the long-term benefits of being in the thromde.

“Since they insisted, the Prime Minister had directed the Chokhor gewog administration to discuss the issue and finalize whether the affected areas should be in thromde or not,” the dzongdag said.

Gewog officials said the seven households raised the issue, as coming under the thromde would mean loss of rural benefits like the 100unit free electricity, rural timber and firewood subsidy.

Dzongkhag officials said since the demarcation was approved by the Parliament, it would be impossible to change the boundary.

“Unless the issue is raised at the Parliament their appeal cannot be considered as a final decision,” said a dzongkhag official. “The demarcation was done after it was initially approved by local people.”

There are around 900 households in Chokhor gewog including those under thromde, whose census and land records are still with the gewog. Following the thromde election and establishment of thromde office, the thromde records would be handed to them, he said.

Most areas under Chokhor starting from Kurje in the north to Jalikhar in the south fall in the thromde besides Dekiling, Chamkhar town.

Dawa Gyelmo, Bumthang