The lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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