10 FYP Mid Term Review(MTR) of Local Governments (Dzongkhags and Gewogs)

Following the successful completion of the 10 FYP(2008-13) MTR meetings for the Ministries and central agencies, the 10 FYP MTR meetings for Local Governments (Dzongkhags and Gewogs) began from Dagana Dzongkhag i.e 23 January 2011 followed by Tsirang Dzongkhag on 25 January 2011 and Sarpang Dzongkhag on 27 January 2011. The next MTR will take place in Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag on Saturday 29 January 2011.

The sessions of the MTR meetings are being chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. In His opening address during the launch of the MTR for LGs, the Hon’ble Prime Minister stated that the most important objective of the 10 FYP is the ‘Poverty Reduction’ for which it is very crucial to have all the Gewog centres connected with roads, have 100% coverage of Rural Water Supply Schemes(RWSS), have Rural Electrification and Rural Telecommunications coverage across all the Gewogs by the end of the 10 FYP. The Hon’ble Prime Minister said that any issues, constraints and challenges being faced during the implementation of these priority programmes by Dzongkhags and Gewogs should be listed, discussed and mid-course corrections made to ensure that implementation and progress are on track.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister is being accompanied by two Hon’ble Ministers, Hon’ble Government Secretaries, officials from all Ministries, officials from relevant agencies and corporate bodies like Cabinet Secretariat, Gross National Happiness Commission, Dept. of Local Governance(MoHCA), Royal Civil Service Commission, National Environment Commission, Dzongkha Development Commission, Natural Resources Development Corporation Ltd, Bhutan Power Corporation, Bhutan Telecom Ltd, Road Safety and Transport Authority, and Bhutan Development Finance Corporation.

From the Local Governments(LGs), besides the local elected leaders(Medhey Gothrips) and Dzongkhag/Gewog officials, religious leaders, regional heads, heads of schools, public and business community are attending the review meetings. The MTR presentations of LGs are being presented by the respective Dasho Dzongdags for Dzongkhags and respective Gups for Gewogs.

The objectives of the MTR meetings is to assess and take stock of plan progress and achievements since the start of 10 FYP by the Dzongkhags and Gewogs till date against the LGs 10 FYP objectives especially ‘Poverty Reduction’. For the purpose of planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting, the 10 FYP objectives, plans and programmes are defined into various results or outcomes and outputs in line with the results based framework (RBM) introduced in the 10 FYP. The progress and achievements are also being assessed for other national objectives and priorities which are implemented in close collaboration with central agencies in areas such as coverage of rural electrification, rural telecommunication, RWSS, number of doctors and ambulances, and roads to Gewog centres etc.

Issues, constraints and challenges being faced by Local Governments in the implementation of 10 FYP and proposed recommendations are being discussed. Wherever necessary solutions are being discussed and proposed for consideration for future intervention and support to improve service delivery and timely and effective completion of the 10 FYP.

The meetings and discussions will also enable the Dzongkhags and Gewogs to review the relevance of LGs’ plans and programmes, and accordingly reprioritize for implementation in the remaining period of the 10 FYP in line with the new developments that have taken place since the start of the 10 FYP.

The LGs’ MTR will conclude in Thimphu Dzongkhag i.e 11 March 2011.

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