Yurung farmers: we want additional power tillers

Visit: When Prime Minister visited Yurung in Pemagatshel Sunday, villagers requested for additional power tiller for the gewog.

Prime Minister said that the government has a plan to provide a power tiller each to all chiwogs and that gewogs will soon be provided with additional power tillers.

A farmer said that there are three power tillers in Yurung – two private and one government-owned. When the cultivation season sets in, the machines are not enough.

“Power tillers have eased our burden by much,” said the farmer. “But we need more.”

Lyonpo Dorji Choden, who is accompanying the Prime Minister, said the request indicates that people in the gewog are fully utilizing the machines. “It may take some time, but we will make sure that there are enough power tillers in the gewogs and chiwogs.”

Prime Minister informed the people that a central school will be established in Yurung and a total of Nu 29.750 million has been allocated for the same for the budget year 2015-2016.

“All the facilities and opportunities would be provided, but you should make sure that you utilize the facilities and urge your children to study hard,” said Prime Minister.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay interacts with the staff of Pemagatshel dzongkhag. Lyonchoen who is in the east on gewog tour visited the Pemagatshel dzong construction site. Photo: Prime Minister’s Facebook page

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay interacts with the staff of Pemagatshel dzongkhag. Lyonchoen who is in the east on gewog tour visited the Pemagatshel dzong construction site. Photo: Prime Minister’s Facebook page

Lack of irrigation channel was another issue that people raised with Prime Minister. Wetlands have been left fallow due to shortage of irrigation water. Farmers requested the government to allow them to construct houses on the land left fallow to ease housing shortage for teachers and civil servants.

Lyonpo Dorji Choden said that options must be explored first to locate reliable water source because wetland is vital for cultivation.

Prime Minister informed the people that Nu 6.534 million has been allocated for the gewog for the budget year 2015-2016.

Total of Nu 6.886 million budget has been allocated for Chongshing Gewog and Nu 9.105 million for Khar.

Prime Minister told the people to inform gup to use GDG if they want additional electric fence so that gewog officials can approach the dzongkhag.

Prime Minister has so far visited 85 gewogs.

Yangchen C Rinzin,  Pemagatshel 

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