Remember our Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s last visit to Samdrup Jongkhar in January which led to the Prime Minister proclaiming that Samdrup Jongkhar is the Dzongkhag which has achieved the least from among the 20 Dzongkhags! Little has our Prime Minister realized that Samdrup Jongkhar is rather the most neglected Dzongkhag from all the 20 dzongkhags. Are SJ’s representatives in Parliament reading this?
I do not know whose bright idea it was of breaking Namglam off from Samdrup Jongkhar and including it with Pemagatshel? How convenient and how easily was this done? Nanglam has an immense potential of making it big. With the cement plant in operation, it has the potential of earning great revenue for the Dzongkhag and the country. And with the completion of the Gyalpoizhing – Nanglam highway, Nanglam will become the hub of the East, connecting our eastern Dzongkhags of Mongar, Lhuentsi, Trashi Yangtsi, Pemagatshel, Trashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati and Bogaigaon.
Samdrup Jongkhar’s golden days are now over and gone. Thanks to our Prime Minister who is hell bent on doing great things for his electorate while disregarding another.
The villages of Samdrup Jongkhar are the most neglected; places like Shinkhar Lauri, Decheling, Jomotshangkha (Daifam), Pemathang (Bhangtar), Samrang, Wooling, Gomdar are places which are still living in the last century; as though they are not a part of our country. Perhaps this gullibility was the cause of it being prone to the seperatists from Assam coming in using force. People from Shikhar Lauri are simple folk who have traditionally been cowherds and make a living by working for wages. Yet our leader does not give a tinker’s damn to these ‘yongbas’ and yet has the audacity of branding their Dzongkhag in no uncertain terms, useless and one which has achieved the least. (Last year I think it was Samtse.) True leaders protect, support and nurture those who are less capable and do not deprive them of opportunity which is exactly what our PM has done. Anyway, he has the people of Pemagatshel eating out of his hand albiet at Samdrup Jongkhar’s expense.
I am not sure of this but a gynaecology centre or institute was in the pipeline for Deothang, given its central location and history. Women from the area would be have their gynae problems treated there. But this was not to be. Thanks to Zanglay and JYT, the centre has now been relocated to Pemagatshel! Perhaps someone can confirm this. But the bottom line is our PM seems to take out money from one pocket to put into another, from Samdrup Jongkhar’s pocket into Pemagatshel’s. Should Samdrup Jongkhar be given a step motherly treatment thus?
This story by Morong Moron first appeared as a comment under our article Good Leaders Are Hard To Find.
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