The local chief executives
The 21st Annual conference of the Dzondags ended last Friday was organized by the Department of Local Governance under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. As an annual event the conference looked into various issues that relate to the coordination and interaction between the central departments and ministries. It is a perfect platform for discussing a number of key issues around the local governance and administration, issues of national significance, and those that relate to coordination and interaction with the central departments and ministries.
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay speaking to the Dzondags empathizes about the government’s economic development plans of five jewels of economy which includes hydropower, agriculture, tourism, cottage industries and mining. Economic development is not only important to bring prosperity to people but also sovereignty to the nation. The Dzondags were reminded to focus on how to develop the dzongkhag economy by framing economic developmental plans.
This year a special attempt was made to address the corrupt practices at the Dzongkhags levels. Various corrupt practices at the Dzongkkhag level was highlighted including favoritism, nepotism, misuse of authority, misuse of human resource, bureaucratic corruption, embezzlement of funds, fictitious claims and payments in construction procurement . Some of the Dzondags opinioned the lack of experience among the dealing officials as some of the reason for corruptions.
Issues on the issuance and transfer of bar licenses were one of the points that came out in the discussion. The Dzondags pointed out that there are no clear cut rules on the transfer and issuances of the bar licenses. Many bar shop have come up in places near to schools, instutions and dzongs and some of them are set up in the government land. The alcohol is a social evil and has destroyed many homes and lives.
A very important issue that was discussed was the acquisition of land. The land commission officials informed the Dzongdags about the modalities in the acquisition of land. The substitute land must be indentified and allotted or compensated before the land is acquired. The dzongdags were urged to work closely with the officials from the Land Commission and to enhance the service delivery to the people.
As the Dzongdags head back to their respective Dzongkhags , people must hope for better service delivery as most of the issues has been discussed and resolved. And now it is the Dzongkhag Administration which plays an important role in the public service delivery system , must foster for faster and efficient public service delivery system.