The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

His Majesty grants land kidu to farmers of Tsenkar geog

March 11: His Majesty the King met with more than 1,000 people from Tsenkar geog and granted land kidu to landless people and issued Kasho granting the excess land to the people and waiving the excess land payment.

Those who have been living on government land have also been issued Kasho granting them the land they have been occupying so far. For the more than 1,000 people from five chiwogs of Tsenkar geog who gathered at Domkhar village, this was an unforgettable day. Many of the people had genuine problems with excess land. They had come in the hope of receiving kidu. But they had also come to meet their King who had come on foot to their village to meet them personally and discuss and solve their problems. Today, they went home happy, their hopes answered, their land related problems solved once and for all.

Talking to the people, His Majesty the King said land issues are the single most pervasive problem for the people. He said it is the prerogative of the King to grant land kidu to the people. His Majesty said the kidu is being granted to the people for their wellbeing and solve their problems.

His Majesty said it is his hope and prayer that the kidu will benefit not only them but also their children and their children’s children. His Majesty urged the kidu recipients to protect and use their land properly. His Majesty then met with the kidu recipients individually to discuss their problems.

His Majesty also distributed coronation coins to the people. Most of the kidu recipients who talked to BBS had problems with excess land. They said they were blessed that His Majesty himself came personally to their village in person to their very door step to look into their problems. Many said they were deeply moved by the concern and devotion of His Majesty for his people. Most of the kidu recipients said as poor subsistence farmers, they cannot afford to pay for excess land and they have been worrying day and night over this.

His Majesty also met with the representatives of the 537 households who came to the meeting. Tomorrow, His Majesty will trek to the villages and meet the people who could not attend the meeting today. Around 800 kidu cases have been identified by the office of the Gyalpoi Zimpoen in Tsenkar geog. Yesterday hundreds of people waited along the highway from Sengor to Lingmithang in Monggar to meet and offer Khadhar to His Majesty the King.

His Majesty is accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck and the people’s representative to the parliament from Lhuentse, officials from the National Land Commission, dzongkhag officials from Monggar and Lhuentse and local leaders.

Source: BBS

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