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Samdrup Jongkhar is one of the 20 dzongkhag (districts) comprising Bhutan.
Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag lies in the South Eastern part of Bhutan bordering the Indian State of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The Dzongkhag has a total area of approximately 2,308 square kilometers and major portions of the Dzongkhag fall within the subtropical belt with elevations ranging from 200-3,500 metres above sea level.
Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag comprises of three Drungkhags viz Bhangtar, Daifam and Nganglam and ten gewogs namely; Orong, Gomdar, Martshala, Bakuli, Dechhenling, Norbugang, Dalim and Samrang, Lauri, Serthi and Hastinapur with about 5,016 households.
Due to lack of adequate motorable road network, most places remain isolated and remote. Rugged terrain and scattered settlements make delivery of services difficult and costly.
The dzongkhag has two hospitals, 13 Basic Health Units (BHUs) and several Out Reach Clinics (ORCs) delivering public health services to the people. Over 60% of the population have access to piped drinking water supply. Rural electrifications have covered over 244 households by 2001.
Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong
The Dzongkhag has eight Community Schools, seven Primary Schools, six Junior High Schools and one High School with a total of students of 6,995 as of December 2001.
Samdrup Jongkhar is the gateway to and commercial hub for five Eastern dzongkhags. The dzongkhag’s potential is further enhanced by the commissioning of Kurichu hydropower. Availability of reliable hydropower combined with modern Telecom facilities will change the development landscape of the dzongkhag by offering tremendous opportunities for household, business and industries. Lack of adequate road network also has direct impact on socio-economic development and quality of lives of the people in the dzongkhag.