Kurtoe

Rolling from Lhuentse towards the extreme corner to the North, after 45km drive on unpaved road is Dungkar, a village of pure Kurtoep. It is well known in its history significance throughout the nation.

The history discloses that the name of the place was originated from the physical shape of the land. The place bears the exact shape of a conch shell. The land form of the village can be seen from the place called Tabandchen.

Kurtoed Gewog is one of the developing Gewog among the eight Gewogs under Lhuentse  Dzongkhag. Gewog Office is located at Dungkar which is about three hours drive from the Dzongkhag Headquarters (altitude 2023 m above sea level). Gewog has a total area of approximately 1076 square kilometer with sparsely distributed population in the five Chiwogs of Dungkar, Tabi, Jasabi-Ugyenphu, Tang-Roong-Wawel and Chagdzom-Chhusa. By size, it is the biggest but the least populated Gewog in the Dzongkhag housing 235 households with total population of 2212 as per census record.

Ancestral home town of our beloved monarchs, the Gewog takes pride in having two standing historical structures called Dungkar Choeje Lhakhang and Nagtsang Lhakhang where Jigme Namgyel was born. Besides historical sites of Dungkar Choeje Lhakhang and Nagtsang, the Gewog is also blessed with numerous religiously sacred places and Lhakhangs. The most prominent of all are Rinchen Bumpa, Kuenzangling, and Ugyenphu which are associated with the visit of Guru Rinpoche and Longchen Rabjam.

The Gewog is connected with a 45 km of GC road. All the five Chiwogs are connected with farm road.

Other infrastructures and facilities include Dungkar Primary School, Chagdzom ECR, one RNR centre, one Community Center/Gewog Banking, one Farm Shop, one BHU and three outreach clinics at distant villages of Jasabi, Chakzam, and Thuenpey respectively.

Gewog also falls under the Wangchuck Centennial National Park having Park’s Eastern Office located at Dungkar.

Wet land and dry land cultivation dominate agriculture land use with minimal orchard development.The Gewog has a fertile soil for growing both food and cash crops. As such it is expected that there will be booming of agriculture produces in near future as all five Chiwog are connected with farm road. But the Gewog’s development potentials is limited by lack of access market and crop damage by wild animals, farm labor shortage and post harvest losses.

Current Situation

The Gewog has social infrastructure such as RNR center, one farm Shop, one Community Pry School, one Extended Classroom, one BHU, three Out Reach Clinics (ORC), thirteen lhakhangs (including Nagtshang) and one Community Centre/Gewog Banking. Gewog Centre and Chiwogs are connected by motor able road. Basic Services such as Electricity, Mobile services and clean drinking water are covered to all the Chiwogs.

Opportunities and Strength

Lhuentse Dzongkhag is well known for its richness in sacred site as Dzong (Lhuendrup Rinchen Tsei Dzong) itself is one of the sacred Dzong in the history of Bhutan. Likewise Kurtoed Gewog is also known for housing many sacred places and sites including birth place of our beloved monarchs. As blessed by Guru Rinpoche and Longchen Ramjam, Gewog has fertile soil and suitable climatic condition to grow almost all nine types of crops ( Dru Na Gu).

The diverse agro-ecological condition in the Gewog provides potentials for growing cash crops such as tree tomato, potatoes, brinjal, ginger and cereal crops such as red Rice, mustard, millet, buckwheat and maize.

Most importantly, the Gewog has high potentiality for establishing Cultural Based Tourism and Eco-Tourism.

 Challenges and Weaknesses

One of the biggest challenges for the Gewog is not having market to sell farm produce.

The majority of the people depend on agriculture and rearing of livestock but farm labour shortages and damage of crops by wild animals is a serious threat which have discourage people from cultivating on larger scale. The rural-urban migration is the main cause of farm labor shortages in the Gewog as educated youth move out of farmstead to bigger town in search of employment. These also result in increased of Gungtongs.

Local Government Officials:

Sl. No.

Designation

Name

Contact No.

1

Gup

Ugyen Tshering

17788913

2

Mangmi

Sonam Chophel

                        17954396

3

Tshogpa (Chagdzom-Chhusa)

Kuenzang Penjor

17335900

4

Tshogpa (Dungkar)

Jurmi Wangchuk

16935850

5

Tshogpa (Jasabi-Ugyenphu)

Sonam Dorji

17782124

6

Tshogpa (Tabi)

Ugyen Tshering

17767773

7

Tshogpa(Tang-Roong-Wawel)

KuengaLa

17978544

8

Gaydrung

Cheten Lhamo

17322101

 

Population details:

Name of Chiwog

No. of Households

 Population of Chiwog

No. of Gungtong (Empty Households)

Chagdzom-Chhusa

43

501

3

Dungkar

70

647

8

Jasabi-Ugyenphu

26

247

0

Tabi

35

300

6

Tang-Roong-Wawel

61

517

4

Total

235

2212

21

 

Civil Servant:

Sl. No.

Designation

Name

Contact No.

1

Gewog ADM Officer

Tashi Tshering

17755591

2

Principal (Dungkar PS)

Tenzin Wangdi

17130454

3

Agriculture Extension Officer

Ugyen Wangchuk

17709129

4

Forestry Extension Officer

NamgangLa (WCNP)

17711617

5

Livestock Extension Officer

Ugyen Dorji

16924062

6

Health Assistant (Dungkar BHU)

Sonam Wangdi (HA)

Sonam Deki

17699641

17543077

7

Community Center

Leki Choden

17597183

8

Care Taker

Rinchen (Gewog Office)

Tashi Tshering(Dungkar BHU)

Samten Wangchuk (DPS)

17396997

17388018

 

9

Principal In-Charge (Chagdzom ECR)

Yeshi Tshewang

 

16446116

 

 

Education:

Sl. No.

Name of School

No. of Teachers

No. of Students

Male

Female

Boys

Girls

1

Dungkar Primary School

6

2

53

65

2

Chagdzom ECR

2

0

14

8

           

Total No. of NFE Centers: 1

Chagdzom NFE

 

No. of NFE learners:

Male

Female

4

5

 

Health                        

Sl. No.

Details

Place

1

Basic Health Unit II

Dungkar

 

Road Connection:

 

Road Name

Road Type

(Farm road/Gewog Center road/Feeder road etc.)

Road Length (KM)

Year of Construction

Gewog GC Road

Black topped

45

 

Tabi-Jasabi FR

Farm road

7

2013

Rabung-Chhusa FR

Farm road

21.2

2013

Wamdrang-Naling Zam FR

Farm road

1

2013

Kunzangling Lhakhang Approach road

Farm road

1.5

2013-14

Thuenpey Serzhong FR

Farm road

5

2016-2017

Tongkarshong-Wawel FR

Farm road

2.3

2016-2017

 

Local Festivals & Tshechus 

Tshechus & Local Festivals

Location

Lunar Calendar date of Tshechu/Festival

Dungkar Tshechu

Dungkar

8-9-10-11 day of 11th month of Bhutanses calendar.

Chhag

Zimpong & Chhusa

1-2-3 day of 8th month of Bhutanese calendar.

Preuchoe

Jasabi

8-9-10-11-12 day of 4th month of Bhutanese calendar.

Important Pilgrimage Sites (Ney/Hot spring)

Location

Rinchen Bumpa-Ney 

Chagdzom-Chhusa Chiwog

Nya Goenpa-Ney 

Jasabi-Ugyenphu Chiwog  

Khamphu-Ney 

               -do-  

Trade & Industry Information:

Business Type(Shops/Bars/Hotels/factory, etc)

Registered Name

Location

Large/Medium/Micro/Others

Shops cum Bar

 Tshering Wangmo

Dungkar

Micro

Shops cum Bar

TashiLa

Dungkar

Micro

Shop cum Bar

Yeshi Choki

Dungkar

Micro

Shop cum Bar

Dechen Pemo

Thuenpey

Micro  

Hotel (Druk Green Orchid Restaurant)  

Sonam Wangmo  

Dungkar  

Micro  

 

 

RNRC                        :           1 Centre, Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock Extension

CC                  :           1 Community Center

Sl. No.

Agriculture

Livestock

Other

1

  • Vegetables (2 farmers group)
  • Irrigation Channel

Length: 84.8Kms

No. of scheme: 33

 

  • 2 community forest groups

 

Tele-commutation     :           100% coverage by both B-Mobile and T-cell

Electricity                   :           100% coverage

 

Goshey Nyenshey in Gewog:

Sl. No.

Name

Village

Contact No.

1

Sonam Phuntsho

Thongjaling

 

2

Kenchola

Sewel

17984607

3

Tobgay (Ex-Chimi)

Gargong

 

4

Wangchuk Norbu (Ex-Gup)

Wawel

17701047

5

Thinley (Ex-Mangmi)

Tabi  

17701064

6

Karma Zangpo (Ex-Mangmi)

Tabi

17424557

7

 Tshering Dorji (Ex-Tshogpa)

Chagdzom

 

8

Karpola (Ex-Gaydrung)

Shangtholing

17347823

9

Phuntsho Tshewang

Jasabi

 

10

Tshomo

Chagdzom

17244340

 

List of Ex-Armed Forces in Gewog:

Sl No

Name

CID No

Organization/Post

Village

Remarks

 

1

Rinchen

10604001738

RBA/Chuma

Thangbi

Superannuation

2

Kinzang Tshering

10604000059

RBA/Peljab

Chagdzom

Superannuation

3

Pema Wangdi

10604002139

RBA/Drimpon

Wamdrang

Superannuation

4

Tshewang Norbu

1604001073

RBA/Drimpon

Dungkar

Kidu Pension

5

Tenzin Dorji

10605000769

RBA/chuma

Zimpong

 

6

TsheringLa

10604000733

RBA/Gopa

Lamsekepa

 

7

DorjiLa

10604000903

RBA/Drimpon

Nyaray

 

8

Chimi Wangdi

10604000532

RBA/Chuma

Jasabi

Kidu Pension

9

Damchoe

10601003489

RBA/Drimpon

Chhusa

Kidu Pension

10

Sonam Gyeltshen

10604000657

RBP/Chuma

Jasabi

 

11

Tshewang Dorji

10604000077

RBA/Chuma

Chagdzom

Kidu Pension

12

Sonam Rinchen

10604001796

RBA/Peljab

Thowa

 

13

Cheten Tshering

 

RBA/chuma

Gurta

 

14

Jamyang

10604001443

RBA/Drimpon

Ney

 

15

PemaLa

10604001271

RBP/Dedrim

P/Ling