His Majesty The King granted land kidu to 9,758 beneficiaries from 11 gewogs in Samdrup Jongkhar. The beneficiaries received a total of 15,328.28 acres of land as Kidu, as well as excess cost exemption and refund.
With Samdrup Jongkhar, land kidu to resolve accumulated land issues across the country has been granted in 13 dzongkhags.
A total of 123,071.982 acres of land have been granted in 133 gewogs to 102,336 beneficiaries in Lhuentse, Bumthang, Mongar, Wangduephodrang, Haa, Dagana, Punakha, Trongsa, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Zhemgang, Pemagatshel and Samdrup Jongkhar since 2010. Beneficiaries were also granted exemption of excess cost amounting to over Nu. 2111.027 million, in the 13 dzongkhags.
His Majesty the King also granted Tokha to thousands of people gathered to meet with their King and Queen.
Addressing the people, His Majesty spoke on the crucial role that land plays in improving the lives of the people, as well as the national economy, and contributing towards achieving the national goal of food self-sufficiency.
“Our country has limited arable land, and we are not yet self sufficient when it comes to food. If the people stand to benefit from land, and can use it to improve the lives of their children and future generations, then it is always better to put this land in the hands of the people, and help them prosper, rather than letting it lie fallow,” His Majesty said.
His Majesty reassured the people that this would not be the final land kidu granted to them, and those whose land issues were not yet resolved yet due to various reasons would also be taken care of.
“We will have many more rounds of land kidu, and land reform, attuned to the changing times, and with the best interests of the people at heart, will always continue,” His Majesty said.
The people offered Ku Sung Thukten Mendrel and Tshogchang to His Majesty.
His Majesty also granted audiences to the dzongkhag officials and local government representatives, as well as armed force personnel posted in Samdrup Jongkhar, and granted kidu to care for Gyalpoi Tozeys and elderly citizens.
Later, His Majesty visited the dairy farm belonging to Bhim Bahadur Karki, one of the recipients of the National Order of Merit (Silver) on National Day this year.
In the morning, His Majesty and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the consecration of Lungta Phodrang Lhakhang in Dewathang, which was built upon the Command of His Majesty The King.
After having granted land kidu in Pemagatshel, His Majesty visited Khenadrang village on the 22nd of December, enroute to Samdrup Jongkhar. People living in far-flung areas of Pemagatshel have been resettled under His Majesty’s People’s Project at Khenadrang. The villagers gathered at the community lhakhang to offer Tshogchang to Their Majesties, and were granted Tokha.
Earlier His Majesty The King granted 20,969.57 acres of Land as Kidu to 9,339 beneficiaries from the 11 gewogs of Pemagatshel. Thram-holders who were required to pay excess cost were granted exemption, and those who had already paid were granted refund.
More than five thousand people gathered for an opportunity to meet with their King and Gyaltsuen and offer Tshogchang.
His Majesty granted an Audience and tokha to the people. His Majesty also granted Audience to Dzongkhag officials and local government representatives, and granted kidu to care for Gyalpoi Tozeys and elderly citizens. In the afternoon, His Majesty had visited the Pemagatshel Dzong construction site.