Vision * "A self reliant Dzongkhag co-existing in peace and harmony with enhanced socio-economic standards, rich natural resources and cultural heritage" * Mission * “To enhance rural livelihood with good local governance in line with culture and environment” * དམིགས་དོན་གཅོད་པ། * ཕན་བདེ་བརྟན་རྒྱས་ལྡན་པའི་ས་གནས་གཞུང་གིས་ལམ་སྲོལ་དང་རང་བཞིན་རྒྱུ་ཁུངས་གཉིས་དང་བསྟུན་གྲོང་གསེབ་འཚོ་བའི་ཐུན་རྐྱེན་གོང་འཕེལ་གཏང་ནི། * འཆར་སྣང་བསམ་གྲུབ་ལྗོངས་མཁར། * རྒྱུན་བརྟན་རང་འདྲོངས་ཅན་དང་ཞི་བདེ་མཐུན་བསྒྲིག་མཉམ་དུ་གནས་ཏེ་མི་སྡེ་དཔལ་འབྱོར་གྱི་གནས་ཚད་ཡར་འཕར་སོང་བའི་རང་བཞིན་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཀྱི་འབྱོར་པ་དང་ལམ་སྲོལ་རྒྱུད་བཟང་ལྡན་པའི་ལྗོངས་སུ་བསྒྲགས་ནི།

Disaster Management Act Sensitization Programme 

 The officials from the Department of Disaster Management(DDM) briefed the Dzongkhag Disaster committee members for two days on Disaster Management Act of Bhutan 2013 and draft Disaster Management Rules  and Regulations  on 21st and  22nd July 2014. There were around thirty six members present including Gups and Dungpas.


In two days advocacy programme, many members shared their opinions on each and every chapter of Act  as well as on draft rules and regulations. However, chapter 5 and chapter 9 got especial attention during the discussion.

For instance, chapter 5 section 63 regarding the  disaster management officer. The officials from the DDM  shared suggestions made from Trashigang dzongkhag, i.e., the Dzongkhag Tshongdrung  should be given the extra responsibilities  as disaster management officer. Nevertheless, not only the members present were not in favor of such  idea but also the Dzongkhag Disaster Committee Chairperson, Dasho Dzongdag disagreed with the suggestion. Instead  he suggested an independent officer should be appointed  by the government. The chairperson further added that this will help in achieving what is spell out out in the Disaster Management Act as well as Disaster Management Rules  and Regulation discussed in two days. In this context, the current disaster focal officer Sonam Gyalpo shared his experience to the members.


He said "shouldering two different  work is very difficult.  Supposedly, when i am out carrying my main job responsibility and if there is a disaster, i will definately fail to coordinate the response to disaster. Such incidence will be double disaster. Therefore, i strongly suggest to have a new officer to carry out disaster related  activites in efficient and harmonize system to the community at any time"


There were other  suggestions  and clarification sought by the members during  the  meeting.  Most Gups express their satisfaction  as their role is clearly mentioned in times of disaster in their jurisdiction. The two days advocacy programme was adjourned with closing remarks from the Dzongkhag Disaster Committee chairperson Dasho Dzongdag.







Contributed by


Sangay Tashi

Dzongkhag Culture Officer

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