Western Dzongdags presented their mid-year evaluation in Paro
After signing the Performance Agreement between Prime Minister and the ministers and other department last year, Paro, Haa, Wangdue, Punakha and Gasa Dzongdags presented their mid-year evaluations of the annual performance agreements (APAs) in Paro last Thursday and Friday.
During the day, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said that “we have never linked our annual plans to national objectives and the 11th FYP objectives. This year is the first time that we will be linking performance with budgeting and budgeting with performance. These performance agreements will be the basis of budgeting for the next fiscal year and a basis for personal evaluation of the Royal Civil Service Commission”.
Lyonchhen also said “APAs will allow all civil servants to familiarize and be informed about each other’s objectives. We can focus on our successes and celebrate them. To succeed, we have to think and act as one. We have to work together; this is what GPMS is about,”
Lyonchhen iterated that GPMS is not a new phenomenon but Bhutan’s progress in its first year of implementation has been favorable so far and thanked all civil servants for the hard work they have put in to achieve the activities laid out in the Annual Performance Agreements (APA).
In lieu of the Prime Minister, Lyonpo Dorji Choden, Minister for Works and Human Settlement chaired the meeting.
Commending the Dzongkhags for having achieved most of the targets specified in the agreements, Lyonpo stressed that common issues regarding budget allocation, land, waste management, education and data collection should be appropriately dealt with.
Moreover, it was also crucial for Dzongkhags and Thromdes to cooperate with the concerned agencies in order to devise appropriate means to reduce waste at source and explore alternative ways to manage waste. Lyonpo further informed that the government is trying to acquire foreign aid for implementing suitable waste manage- ment practices.
Lyonpo conveyed that the Dzongkhags should consult with the people and frame realistic targets by capitalizing on the existing potential and resources.
Since most Dzongkhags lacked engineers, Lyonpo said that engineer shortages would be addressed very soon. Food, nutrition and self-sufficiency were prioritized activities in the 11th FYP and the Dzongkhags are also required to focus on improving them.
According to the press release from the office of the Prime Minister, this was the first time interactions between the ministries, autonomous agencies and Dzongkhags had taken place before the annual budget proposal.
Meanwhile, the main objectives of the meeting are to harmonize the annual performance targets of the ministries and autonomous agencies with that of the Dzongkhags.
The meeting was a part of the GPMS process cycle, which was initiated by the government in the beginning of the current fiscal year on pilot basis. Drawing from the experiences and building on the success of the pilot exercise, the government established the Government Performance Management Division (GPMD) under the Prime Minister’s Office, states the press release.
The GPMD has been established to facilitate ministries, autonomous agencies and Dzongkhags for effective delivery of the planned socio-economic and public service delivery targets.
According to the press release, the GPMD has the mandate to carried out the several functions which includes spearhead preparation of Annual Performance Agreements of Ministries, Autonomous Agencies and Dzongkhags every fiscal year before the annual budgeting exercise based on National Priorities, 11th Plan Targets and directives of the Government, carry out regular monitoring to facilitate implementation, timely debottleneck problems, and the Division shall escalate challenges faced by Ministries, Autonomous Agencies and Dzongkhags to the Prime Minister for directives, conduct Mid Year Review of Annual Performance Agreements and conduct evaluation of Annual Performance Agreements at the end of every fiscal year.
This GPMS will help Ministries, Autonomous Agencies and Dzongkhags to clearly identify their annual performance targets in line with the national objectives; identify actions required to achieve the performance targets; and success indicators to measure the performance of the respective agencies at the end of the year, states the press release.
GPMS will also provide a systematic channel for the Ministries, Autonomous Agencies and Dzongkhags to effectively and efficiently solve problems related to implementation of the planned annual activities. The individual’s performance evaluation by the RCSC will also be partly based on the scores of the GPMS year-end evaluations.
It was attended by Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, the Cabinet Ministers, Government Secretaries, Dzongdags and Planning Officers in Paro to discuss the Annual Performance Agreements (APA) for the fiscal year 2015-16.