Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

It’s been more than two years since Weringla drungkhag administration in Mongar has been functioning without drungpa.

The former drungpa was transferred to Wamrong.

Local leaders of two remotest gewogs in Mongar, Silambi and Gongdu, raised the issue in the recent dzongkhag tshogdu that ended on July 20.

Gongdue gup, Tshewang Tobgyel, who put the agenda, said although a new drungkhag administration office was constructed spending huge amount of public funds, it has been empty without drungpa and other staff after former staff were transferred.

Silambi gup, Dorji Wangchuk, said drungpa plays an important role in drungkhag and makes a huge difference in efficient service delivery.

DT chairperson, Karma Sonam Wangchuk, briefed the members to see if the proposal needs to be submitted.

“The government is in the process of reforms and I think they have a reason behind not recruiting,” he said. “Moreover, all developmental activities in gewogs are handled and executed independently by the gewog from the block grant and drungpa is not necessary.”

He said situation was different before when the drungkhag was not connected with motorable roads and it was some three days walk away.

Gup Dorji Wangchuk said Silambi gewog centre is about 120 kilometres away from the dzongkhag headquarters and takes a minimum of six hours by car when the road is good. “It remains cut off for weeks during summer and communicating with the dzongkhag is difficult.”

He claimed the drungkhag deserves human resources like other drungkhag administration even in terms of distance from the dzongkhag headquarter compared to other drungkhag administration.

Meanwhile, without much support from the DT members, the proposal was dropped.

When the DT chairperson asked the members to raise their hands in favour of submitting the request to RCSC, only eight members supported the motion.