A committee in Nganglam, comprising the drungpa, police officials, local leaders and town representatives, decided to withhold the establishment of entertainment centres like karaoke, drayang, and discotheque in the town on September 30.

They reasoned that the decision was based on security reasons and incomplete proper town planning.

Town secretary, Ugyen Dorji, said the decision was made after the drungkhag received about four proposals to open entertainment centres in the town.

He said that the decision was not to ban entertainment centres in the town but a temporary measure.

According to the minutes of the meeting, the committee met as Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) had recently lifted the earlier decision of not allowing the establishment of such centres in Nganglam town.

It was learnt that all  members expressed concerns and issues related to such establishment.

Ugyen Dorji said since the present town is small with most of residences and shops, makeshift huts, it would not be feasible to operate as entertainment centres.

He said that since the new town planning is yet to be finalized, the members agreed that the centres should be allowed when the town is developed.

The town representative said that the gups of three gewogs of Norbugang, Dechenling and Choekhorling said the issue was discussed in one of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) sessions and it was resolved that it will not allow such establishments for the benefit of the community.

He said that although some member expressed that such entertainment centres would open avenues for employment to the youth, it has more disadvantages since youth will be involved in numerous unwanted activities.

Yangchen C Rinzin