Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar 

The Jomotshangkha drungkhag Covid-19 task force came up with their own design for the movement card as they lack the printing press or facilities like other dzongkhags.

The task force had designed the movement card and printed in black and white because they could not travel to Samdrupjongkhar to print the cards due to lockdown.

Officials used sketch pens to colour about 25 cards for the essential and medical suppliers.

The incident commander (IC) and Jomotshangkha drungpa, Lamdak Wangdi, said that the Jomotshangkha town was divided into four zones- north throm, east throm, upper throm, and lower throm.

He said the movement for cardholders is allowed for two hours. The four movement timings are divided between 8am to 6pm. “One movement card was issued to a household in the respective zone, and vehicle movement is not allowed.”

The drungpa said that since the drungkhag does not have printing presses or facilities like other dzongkhags, the task force printed the cards in black and white and distributed them to about 224 households in the four zones.  There are about 1,500 people in the town. 

He said that the task force members and De-Suups completed the distribution of the cards on August 25 and implemented the movement pass in the respective zones on the same day.

“People have to wear the face masks, wash hands and follow the health protocols.”

Meanwhile, the drungkhag task force lifted the lockdown in the gewogs. People in the gewogs are allowed to carry out farming and other works like before.

“For monitoring, we deployed police, foresters, army, De-Suups and retired armed forces (RAF), among others while the gups and local leaders also monitor the situation in the gewogs,” Lamdak Wangdi said.