Given the current situation of Covid-19, the Prime Minister issued an executive order with decisions to decongest the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) yesterday.
The order stated that the CFM was a high-risk location where large numbers of people gather regularly.
The vendors of CFM expressed discontentment after thromde started allocating plots to the vendors last week.
According to the executive order, Thimphu thromde shall build appropriate outlets in all the zones for interested vegetable vendors.
The vendors of CFM were to be given preferences for selection of outlets in the zones.
“The construction of outlets in the zones shall be expedited and the works shall be immediately outsourced.”
The order stated that the vendors of CFM were also to be relocated to the two multi-level car parking in Thimphu.
The remaining vendors were to operate from CFM in alternate days to avoid crowding. The order mentioned that the present CFM staff were ensured continued employment.
“Thromde may establish an entity to facilitate sourcing of vegetables from producers within Bhutan to ensure reliable supply to the outlets,” the executive order stated.
Vendors took part in a “lucky draw” for the new locations where they would be vending from.