Phub Dem 

There may not be high incidences of Covid-19 positive cases in the rural part of Paro but movement restrictions have made service delivery system challenging.

Paro has been declared red zone due to significant number of Covid-19 positive cases.

In Shaba, gewog officials are reportedly overwhelmed by public demands and queries. Eight officials trying to meet the demands of 700 households can be a formidable task.

Shaba Gup Chencho Gyeltshen said that people  called the official asking them to fix drinking and irrigation water issues, chase cattle and horses away from their fields, among other reasons.

“From arranging veterinary officials to animal feeds and making television lines, we do everything,” said Chencho Gyeltshen.

Banking services, Chencho Gyeltshen, said has been one of the biggest issues during the lockdown period. “The dzongkhag taskforce has asked the bank officials to solve the issues as soon as possible.”

People are worried about seasonal works getting delayed, shortage of fodders and rising cases of domestic violence, he said.

This is the time of year when the people in Paro prepare land to grow wheat, fodder, potato and water their apple orchards. It is also the time for many annual rituals.

Naja Gup Kinley Wangdi said that there was no major problem in his gewog. He said that three days after the nationwide lockdown, the gewog stocked up all the essential goods and animal feeds.

Located away from the risk of infection, he said that residents could do their usual household and farm works.

In Sombaykha and  Gakiling in Haa

Gakiling Gup Gashey said that the lessons from the first lockdown came in handy. Essential items have been stocked to last at least a month. “Movements are allowed within the gewog. There is no problem.”

“Vegetable from the lower part of Haa will soon reach the upper parts of the dzongkhag.”