Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay completed a 10 day tour of Laya and Lunana returning to Thimphu late in the night on 21st October.
On 10th October Lyonchhen met with the teachers of Bjishong Central School in Gasa and urged them to work hard. Lyonchhen told the teachers that with 17 teachers and 471 students, the teacher-student ratio is 1:17 students, meaning each teacher has only 17 students to look after. Further, the government has allocated an annual budget of Nu. 34.8m (Nu.20.7m Current & Nu.14.1m Capital) for the current fiscal year alone to the School. Therefore, the teachers have no excuses but to deliver their best in ensuring the quality of every single student.
On 11th October, Prime Minister met with public of Laya Gewog. Interacting with over 350 people who had come for the meeting, Prime Minister spoke on various developmental activities such as rural electrification programs for Laya which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015; possibility of air transporting power tiller to Laya; progress on the Gewog Center road construction; the concept behind Central Schools; importance of maintaining proper sanitation and hygiene; and on the opportunities provided by BOIC and Gewog Bank.
The Prime Minister and his team trekked through Rodhuphu, Tarina, and reached Lhedi (Lunana Gewog Center) on 14th October.
During the meeting with the public of Lunana Gewog on 15th October, Lyonchhen informed that government will carry out a proper maintenance of the mule track between Ganglakarchung – Tarina and Kechela – Thelga; provide mobile network connectivity to Wachey village by 2017; allocate additional fund for the ongoing 18 Km motorable road from Goen Tsephu to Jazhiphu; look into the possibility of air transporting power tiller to the Gewog and also providing helicopter service to interested Lunaps and civil servants at affordable fares; send a Gewog Agriculture Extension Officer and also explore possibility for growing agricultural crops through use of greenhouse facilities; institute farmers’ group and provide necessary support to market Chugo; send interested Lunaps for power tiller training during winter months when Lunaps are in Punakha. In the afternoon, Prime Minister & team further trekked to Thanza village.
On 16th Oct, Prime Minister visited the Thorthormi and Rapstreng lakes. Later in the afternoon, Lyonchhen met and interacted with the people there.
Lyonchhen reminded the people to be always grateful to His Majesty the Kings for the unprecedented socio economic development in their communities. In addition, Lyonchhen also reiterated and noted that the people were economically better after His Majesty granted permission to harvest cordyceps.
Prime Minister and his team trekked for 3 days through Tshochena and Chukarpo to Sephu Gewog.
On reaching Sephu Gewog, Prime Minister had separate meetings with the Wangchuck Centennial Park personnel and public of Sephu Gewog. Lyonchhen also met with the public of Phobjikha, Gangtey and Drangchu gewogs before returning to Thimphu.