Not all local government had to signed the performance agreement and they don’t have to: PM
The Geog Leader (Gups) signing the performance agreement with their respective Dzongdags or not, it will not make much difference for the development of the country.
Local government leaders are reluctant to sign the performance agreement with their respective Dzongdags, Lyonchhen said during the meetthe-press session on last Thursday that nobody is forced to sign the performance agreement and the very purpose of the signing of the performance agreement was to make priority focus for the coming year what is going to be achieved.
Whether local government signed with Dzongdags or not, that is a business in between them. The performance agreement, is online everyone can check to see what are the activities in the performance agreement are doable and which are not, said the Prime Minister.
If local government has signed with their respective Dzongdags and if they feel that performance agreement cannot be fulfilled, and then I should know, said the Prime Minster.
Lyonchhen also said that if the local government feels that they have not received the enough budgets for the development is more than what they have received in the Tenth Plan.
Lyonchhen said that he had explained to all Dzongdags in all the Dzongkhags to ensure that what they have indicated in the performance agreement can be accomplished within the existing resources and those that require resources will be made available.
Besides that Prime Minister said that the budget of Nu 2 million for Geog Development Grant (GDG) is meant for capital development work. “None of the small development project (SDP) has been reflected in the plan because it is not yet approved”. The SDP will be included in the budget as and when they are approved.
Because the government did not have the budget and it is hard to included in the budget because when we do that the agency concern would spent the money and then government have to resort to borrowing that leads to debt problem and INR issues, said the Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister had signed the performance agreement with all the ministries, autonomous agencies and with all the Dzongdags, Prime Minister said that none of the performance agreement had dictated what should be there, all the performance agreement submit- ted was volunteered what results to be achieved in the financial year.
Most of the performance agreement, especially in the Dzonkhags are very conservative and should be because this is the first time, so any Dzonkhag would be careless if they don’t want to put target that are too ambitious. This is why most of the target in the performance agreement are very conservative and they are doable, said the PM.
How much of this criticism on the performance agreement are just real concern or how much is political in nature, not all local government had to signed the performance agreement and they don’t have to, said the Prime Minister.
PM added that those he had signed has been look at it and many are doable because they are small activities within existing budgets and definitely within the budget of Nu 2 million of the geog development grant and local leader can look at.
Performance agreement between the Dzongdags and the local government should be contributing to the results that performance agreement between the Dzongdags and the Prime Minister has agreed on, said the PM.
Minister of Home and Culture Affair, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said why the local governments are not willing to sign the performance agreement with the Dzongdags.
Lyonpo said he has information from the gups that why they didn’t want to sign with the Dzongdags because it is being signed by the sector heads and it has been drafted without doing any consultation. So basically they were taken surprise and they just wanted to ensure that they know what is being incorporated in the agreement.