Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Citrus Fruit Drop

The Gewog Administration, Rangthangling is to extend the full support in a programme, ‘The Citrus drop” by going for the weekly Monitoring of the Late Citrus Fruit drop at Rangthangling for the Orange Growers and it was also as decided amongst the Orange Growers during the meeting held on 25th October, 2013 in presence of the Gewog Sr.Agricuture Extension Supervisor. It was agreed on their part to firstly dig the pit and to dump the drop out oranges in the Pit and to monitor on 29th October by the Gup, Sr. Agricuture Extension Supervisor and Gewog Administrative Officer. And again after a week it is either to cover by the Mud or to burn it. Failing to do would mean paying a fine of Nu.200 for not digging the pit and dumping it and again Nu.100 for not collecting the dropped oranges. And again the fine of Nu,100 for not covering the dumped oranges or burning it. After all it is for their own benefit.

By Lobzang Choda

GAO, Rangthangling Gewog, Tsirang

Farmer saves his own day

Sergithang Gewog is one of the remote Gewog in Tsirang Dzongkhag. The Gewog has 5 chiwogs namely serigithangtoe, sergithangmae, semdenjong, Tashithang and Norbugang. Each chiwog has different settler consisting of ngalongs, sharshops, brokpas, lhosampa, khengpas.

In the chiwog called sergithangtoe where the most population is ngalongs depends on agriculture and livestock. Most of the people in this chiwogs spend their precious time in the field and they too come up with new farming improvised technology.

They practices subsistence farming as the labor force is very less in each household. The limited labor force in their own house leads the ‘chasing the wild animals/birds away from field’ idea.  They simply make the tin as a bell and its rope is tied to the house. If the owner happens to see the any wild animal/birds, he/she simply has to pull the rope which creates the sound.  The sound simply chases away the animals thus saving farmer’s time and the crops. 
 "thus farmer saves his own day"

Tashi Dema
Sergithang GAO

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

'The Lake story

The name of the lake is 'Buli Tsho' which is located in Nangkor gewog under Zhemgang dzongkhag. It's 30 minutes walk from the gewog office. It's believed that the lake has come from Zhongar dzong under Mongar dzongkhag in  30 years ago. The reason why the lake came from Zhongar was because it was said that there lived a king in Zhongar dzong who used to be very cruel and unfair to the people of that place. The people of that place didn't like the king due to his cruel nature and tried to get rid of him but they couldn't kill him though they tried in every possible ways as the king was so powerful. So the village people consulted a lama about getting rid of the cruel king and lama told them that they have to get rid of the lake before they kill the king as the lake was protecting him. So the village people gathered and discussed about the ways of chasing the lake away from their place.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The people dumped all dirty things and poison in the lake so as to chase away the lake and as expected the lake ran away the next day. As a result the people could ultimately kill the cruel king.
This is how the Buli lake reached at present place.


Observing the Descending day of Lord Buddha

In every corners of Bhutan, people must be observing this auspicious day for the peace and harmony. In sergithang gewog, tsirang, people do observe solely coordinated by the gewog staffs, lam and the public as a whole.
The gewog staff and the public as a whole are very excited to observe this auspicious day on 26th oct 2013. Before observing the auspicious day, the works are divided among the chiwogs as follows:

1. construction of temporary kitchen
2. construction of temporary toilet
3. construction of guest room
4. ushers and catering

to be contd.....

contributed by
1. Mangal Singh, Umling, Gelephu
2. Tashi Dema, Sergithang, Tsirang

vandalism of chorten at Kheliphu

On the night of 10th october, 2011at around 11pm a group consisting of four were caught by villager of kheliphu under Merag gewog, Trashigang. as per Ap Towla from that village was returning from the dzongkhag administration with his family.
He said there is light around a chorten and in fear of getting of trouble he made a call to his neighbour and explained regarding the incidence.
according to the SP of Trashigang the culprits are under police custody and the investigation is going on.

Karma Dorji

Gewog Administrative Officers treated as "Otherness"

In 2008 when Gewog Administrative were recruited in 83 Gewogs, many of my friends has to go through  lots of hardships, placement, environment etc those who were posted in remote area; on top of that we didn't have any ToR as a Gewog Administrative Officer.

Some who have never been to remote place or ever experience rural life has to face lots of challenges to adapt the new rural environment. some GAOs friends have to stay in office without office furnitures for 2 years, some has experience treating them as "alien"/ "otherness" by village public including Gup,Mangmis,Gaydungs, Government and Cooperation/Organisations . 

After serving as Gewog Administrative Officer for five years and going through all challenges we are all proud to serve as GAOs, now we know the value of serving our people in grassroots level. we GAOs would like to advice our youths if you really want to make difference or contribute to our country you all should start your career from grass root level that Gewogs.

Meto Pema
Sarpang Dzongkhag

Retey Nye (Jigmicholing Gewog)

Retey is far-flung village under Jigmicholing Gewog under Sarpang Dzongkhag, which consist of 20 household with approximate population of 150.  people in Retey Gewog derived their livelihood through Agriculture and Livestock farming.  in the past the Retey village falls under Trongsa Dzongkhag under Korphu Gewog. they originated of Monpa and follow the bon as religion.

A far-flung place like in  Retey there is sacred nye blessed by Guru Rinpochhe in 7th century.  To day the scared site is not aware by most of the bhutanese people especially Southern region.

by Sangay Dorji
Jigmicholing GAO

Abunden man (Destitute)

Profoundly known as meme kana among village  folks is 57 years old and he is physically challenged and no one is behind  him  in all time.The properties that he had were once for all surrendered to his relatives in  hopes of helping him  in bad times,but in vain.

Many season past by hoping that some body could rescue him out of pathetic condition. Being buddhist  minded  one local person known as meme Borang  entervene  and was reached to hospital  for  treatment.

Mean  while Gewog Administration has proposed for monthly destitute allowance  to support him.

Kinzang choden Kanglung GAO
Thukten Tashi Yangneer GAO

Allowance for needy students.

His Majesty's kidu office has been supporting the children of the most disadvantaged rural people giving them a second chance to continue their education. Those students are either from broken families or single parents who are not able to afford their children's education expenses. Those students have to discontinue their studies simply though they have keen interests in studying and pursuing brighter careers in the future.
These needy students are identified and verified through their profile which is then submitted to the office of the Gyalpoi Zimpoen through the Dzongkhag kidu office for approval. The students are then granted allowances annually depending upon their grades to cover their expenses. The allowances are enough to cover their basic expenses such as buying their uniforms and stationaries.

GAO Dorji

The Other side of Development

Phuntshopelri Geog,popularly known as Gomtu, under Samtse Dzongkhag is one among 205 geogs gifted with with rich mineral deposits. Besides two giant cement plants, phuntshopelri Geog also known for several other stone and dolomite quarries.

With the coming up of a lot of industries, factories and Quarries, the inhabitants living there somehow feel very fortunate as it created better opportunities to earn cash income which otherwise would have been difficult, considering the close proximity of the indian states. As india produces a far more cheaper     goods than the bhutanese counterparts, the competition would have been unimaginable had there been no market to consume those manpower.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Improvement of Rakshidara-Chaunetai Power Tiller Track, Rangthangling Gewog, Tsirang

The Road users Group (RUG) of the Rangthangling Village decided to carry out the widening work of the Rangthangling Power Tiller Track (PTT) after the Contractor was terminated by the Gewog on 19th February, 2013. The RUG decided not to Retender the work keeping in note of the limited budget and also the time period or with the remaining amount of Nu.47, 81519(Forty seven thousand lakhs eighty one thousand five hundred and nineteen), the retender would mean the reduction of budget and the time taking process like the tender to float and unreliable contractor for the work to complete it on the given time period, i.e till December, 2013 for the DRDP activities.

The improvement of the PTT was awarded to the contractor with the contract amount of Nu.6457405 (Sixty four lakhs fifty seven thousand and four hundred five only) and is funded by the Decentralized Rural Development Project(DRDP), MOAF, Thimphu and the Contract date beginning from 1st July,2012 and to complete it on 31st December,2012.
However the jointly meeting on 13th February, 2013 between the Dzongkhag Level Tender committee (DLTC) and the Gewog Level Tender Committee (GLTC) decided to finally terminate the contract having found on non resumption of work by the contractor and also the fundamental breach of Contract by the Contractor.
Presently the work is still being carried out departmentally by the RUG and their payments are made from the Budget of the DRDP including for the Hiring of the Tippers, excavators, Rock Breakers and also for the supply of the materials like the stone gravels, cements and sand. This activity is an Adhoc activity and is to benefit the 62 Households of Rangthangling Chewog and growing Oranges as a source of income. The work has to end on December, 2013 from the remaining Budget available from the DRDP.
By Lobzang Choda
GAO, Rangthangling Gewog, Tsirang

Saturday, 5 October 2013

SNV introduces flush toilet in Chongshing Gewog

To follow a 100% sanitation and healthy environment, SNV has promoted awareness on 100% flush toilet coverage since Oct-Nov 2011 with all the respective villages. Workshops and training for the toilet construction was also conducted wherein a focal person was trained for a week. The Project provided the people with all the detailed idea on the construction. As per the latest status from the Health Division in the Geog, the Flush Toilet construction has 90% coverage except for the few genuine cases of old aged couple and Kidu recipients. However, the Geog has decided to come up with voluntary services to make it 100% coverage. 

The SNV project conducted a recent update meeting at the Geog Center with all the relevant people. 

Sarita Gurung, GAO
Tashi Pelden, GAO
Garab Dorji, GAO
Namgay Wangmo, GAO 

yallang Geowg

Profile of Yallang Gewog, Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag.

Yallang Gewog Administration is located to the North-West of the Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag Administration bordered with the Estate of Arunachal Pradesh, India to the East and Ramjar Gewog from the West. It is suitably situated at the altitude of 2250 meters above the sea level with the population of 3336 and 432 households. The dialects they converse were Sharchops and Dagpa kha (local dialects) and their livelihood fully depends on the production of rice and maize and also they generate their income from selling rice, chilies and papers to the nearest marketing areas.

However, Yallang Gewog is one of the Remotest Gewog under the Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag having poor mobile net-work, no internet connection, even a farm road connectivity is not there till date. However, the construction of farm road is going on these days to facilitate any networking activities. 

Cheda Jamtsho
GAO, Yallang Gewog
My initial visit to the most astounding place “Hokkaido”

“We are fulfilled, for the opportunity to meet and associate with beautiful people with beautiful mindset of Hokkaido, enjoyed a rich journey of beautiful experiences “
 The support and guidance while our stay in Hokkaido from the Government of Japan and the Japanese people will always be cherished. We were extremely touched and inspired to see our young king and queen being highly respected and admired by the people of Japan. We would like to offer our deepest gratitude and thank JICA for giving us a wonderful experiences and an opportunity to learn and also to meet and associate with many beautiful people with beautiful mind set. The people of Japan are very polite, the food is tasty and I should note that the city is a safe place. It was in fact a very fruitful stay in Hokkaido for eleven of us and we were thrilled to get there to attend the training program on young leadership for a period of 18days. It certainly was a great trip I will never forget. 

I in a way i feel that such training course is very important, especially to someone who is working in the grass root level, who have direct link with the innocent people who are not really aware of such development activities taking place in the other side of the world. The very thing that stuck on my mind when I saw the people of Hokkaido and the rich nature was the behavior of the Japanese people. They were very polite, punctual and very helpful. One of my friends lost his expensive mobile phone in the Taxi we were travelling and lost hope to get back. But the Taxi driver on knowing the mobile phone was left in his taxi came to him and gave back the mobile phone. I was also so much captivated to see that the usage of man labor was very less, the traffic rules, how elderly people work together on bases of voluntarism, the system of Local Governance in Hokkaido and the waste management system. Indeed I was waiting to get back to share whatever I saw that was amazing to the people I work with, specially the public to inspire and encourage them to work harder.
Every lecture and site visit were  very useful  for us and  we have learned many new ideas on bringing in more development in any field in order to deliver effective and efficient services and also creation of a better and conducive working environment in our working place.

Thus, whatever I have learned, I am hoping I could share with everyone I know, and the most important to the people I work with, the innocent people in the Gewog and I hope I bring inspiration and spread the knowledge I have learnt during my training course in Japan.

Story by:
                  Dawa Zangmo, Shumar
                  Yeshi Zangpo, Narang
                  Tshering Chozom, Bidung
                   Yangka, Langchenphu
                   Kinley Dorji, Jurme
                  Karma Wangdi, Nanong
                  Ugyen Norbu, Salimbi
                  Sangay Dorji, Serthi