Kanglung residents want their land back
Cheychey & Pema Namgay, KanglungFeb 17 2013
Two decades, ago, the government had acquired land in Kanglung from local people for the construction of a Referral Hospital, but instead of a hospital, the people gained a Grade I Basic Health Unit. The people now want their land back or be given the hospital they were promised.
About 13 acres of wet and dry land had been obtained by the government to construct a Referral hospital in Kanglung due to Trashigang’s centrality in the East. But, the referral hospital was later constructed in Monggar.
Although compensation was paid, previous land-owners are disgruntled. “I think the government will not give back the land to us now, but if there are no plans, we are ready to give back the compensation and take our land back,” said one of the residents, Tobgay. He said they, clearly, remember how much they received from the government as compensation. “If, however, there is a plan and it will benefit the people, then we have nothing to say”.
There are no immediate plans to construct a bigger hospital in Kanglung. The Tashigang District Health Officer says, but a double-storied staff quarter has been included in the Eleventh Five Year Plan.