Government Vows to Meet Tenth Plan Targets or Die Trying

The consolidated assessment of the Tenth FYP MTR in the 20 dzongkhags and 205 geowgs shows government well on track in meeting the targets

The MTR figures show the government is well on track and besides that, it has worked on how these targets can before the six months’ deadline. The government said it will meet the said targets or trying. The MTR has been broken down into two sets, central organizations and local government. According to the Prime Minister the central organization’s findings had been satisfactory although a year was lost in the works during the five-year plan; the achievements made so far were made in about so far were made in about 18 months. In the hydropower development sector the government’s target is achieving 10,000MW by 2020 or earlier, as opposed to the initial target of harnessing 5,000MW by 2020.

In the first two years of the plan 1,350km of farm roads was constructed. The deadline roads connecting geowgs centers are October end, 2012. At the beginning of the Tenth FYP, the rural water supply (RWS) coverage was 57% due to the dysfunction of supply for various reasons; the RWS coverage has reached 93%.

The net primary enrollment rate in education was 94%, including enrollment in monastic institutions and by paying attention to physically disabled children on their enrollment to special educational institutes. The PM said that by the end of last month, every school going child should have been admitted. He said there is a small area outside education where things were still being worked out, namely the employment of maids, babysitters and those helping at homes in agricultural works, an issue the PM said the gups had been warned of consequences against such practices if school going children were not enrolled but made to work. The PM said this move had and would make the government unpopular but the importance and right to education had the government’s approval and priority. On the tele-connectivity front, the MTR report show good progress. The mobile network connectivity coverage has reached 76% with that magic number of 100% looking feasible in universal coverage connectivity by 2013. The whole rural electrification coverage of 100% will be achieved by 2013 and at the moment, the electrification grids have reached 61%. The health sector, the review was impressive; heath indicator shows the infant mortality rate (IMR) at 47 per 1000 live births, the under-five mortality shows 69 per 1000 and maternal mortality rate shows 2.6%.

Currently, no health center is farther than an hour’s walk and each hospital has been provided with two ambulances. However, having three doctors in every district hospital still remains a challenge; the MoH Minister said that was a working progress. The tourism, the government stated that the promotion and development of the tourism sector were going well beyond the initial projections made in its manifesto. On Bhutan’s plans to become an IT knowledge based society, the country has been fairing well in terms of school coverage, and the Tech Park amongst others. However, the idea of promoting Bhutan as an education hub was still lukewarm. “In the interest of promoting democracy, rule of law and bureaucracy procedures to ensure that the suspicions of the people are laid to rest. To make Bhutan an education hub you need to heed the interest of the parties and investors because they come looking for opportunities to multiply their resources”, the PM said.

The tedious bureaucratic procedures were cited as a reason, with the government worried that the lone company interested might leave with its investment. The company has given an ultimatum of six months and a month has passed, leaving the government with five months’ time, or else the company will walk out with its investment. And as for promoting Bhutan as a medical health services hub, the PM said there had been some progress but not adequate and satisfying enough.

On local government, the MTR focused on poverty reduction, population demography and so on. The government its confident it will manage to overcome that challenge as well. ” the outcome of all this is to bridge the gap between the rich and poor and to create a potential and capacity for poor people, not only to aspire but also to achieve and improve their materials wellbeing. By making it possible to improve their socio-economic state’ thereby giving meaning to political and socio-economic empowerment”, the PM said.

Source: The Journalist
Photo: Bhutan Observer

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