His Majesty The King arrived in Thimphu yesterday, following a Royal tour of the Southern dzongkhags. During the tour, His Majesty visited Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Tsirang, Sarpang, Phuentsholing and Samtse. 

His Majesty granted Land Kidu to the people of Tsirang and Sarpang, the remaining two dzongkhags to receive Land Kidu under the NCRP. During the Tour, His Majesty also granted Audiences to the 50th Batch De-suung accelerated Programme trainees, and met de-suups participating in the different De-suung National Service projects and De-suung Skilling Programmes. 

While travelling to Samdrup Jongkhar on Saturday from Gelephu, the Royal Entourage turned back as roads leading to Samdrup Jongkhar were submerged and washed away by sudden rain and flood. His Majesty instead arrived in Phuentsholing in the early hours of the morning, and visited sites affected by the flooding, which claimed one life and caused damage in several areas.

During the tour which began on June 15, His Majesty The King granted land Kidu to the people in Tsirang and Sarpang. 

This is part of a Royal Initiative to resolve people’s land issues once and for all. Since the start of the exercise, Land Kidu was granted in 18 dzongkhags in turn before the pandemic. 

With land Kidu now granted to the people of Tsirang and Sarpang, His Majesty has granted a total of 150 thousand acres of land as Kidu to nearly 150 thousand beneficiaries in all 205 gewogs of 20 dzongkhags in the country. Over total of 56 thousand beneficiaries received 74 thousand acres of land in Tsirang, and another 57 thousand beneficiaries received almost 900 acres in Sarpang Dzongkhag. As with all other dzongkhags, His Majesty also granted refunds and reprieve of fines, amounting to Nu 140 million in Tsirang and Sarpang. 

On the Royal Tour, His Majesty granted Audiences to de-suups training in the ongoing 50th batch at Tencholing in Wangduephodrang, Jigmeling and Pelrithang in Sarpang, and Tendruk and Tashicholing. 

While in Wangduephodrang, His Majesty visited the Sturgeon Fishery, which was initiated upon Royal Command to explore the potential of Sturgeon fish farming in Bhutan. 

His Majesty also met with de-suups engaged with multiple De-suung initiatives. In Punakha, His Majesty met the de-suups in the Specialized Refresher Course, the De-suung for Gyalsung, which provides hands-on training in high-level infrastructure construction at Gyalsung Academies, de-suups of the Million Fruit Trees plantation and the Nationwide Accelerated Dog Population Management, and participants of the De-suung Skilling Programmes. 

While in Gelephu, His Majesty granted an Audience to the de-suups working at the Landmark Water Project for Gelephu Thromde.