West­ern Dzongdags pre­sented their mid-year eval­u­a­tion in Paro

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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