Virtual Zomdu (VZ) to ease human resource shortage was launched
To combat with human resource shortage in the National Council of Bhutan (NC), launched the Virtual Zomdu (VZ) last Wednesday in the capital.
Since Bhutan is very young and very new to the democracy, NC secretary general Tshewang Norbu said that many parliamentarians take over week to visit some of the remote areas of their constituency due to the mountainous terrain and limited road excess. Besides that, the internet beneficiary in the country is only 23 percent and the general literacy rate is at 64 percent. These factors contributed to almost 70 percent of the Bhutanese living in the rural areas which lack active contract and the communication.
He added that the Virtual Zomdu (VZ) aims to enable citizens and Parliament to interact and meet virtually to discuss issues vides the video conferencing facilities. “The videos conferencing will allow the parliamentarian to extend about their roles and responsibilities, about their constituency visit and to find their current concern in their constituency. This will promote face to face interaction”, said the Secretary General.
The session will be opened to all constituencies regardless of literacy, gender, social status and whether they are excess to internet. The meeting will be conducted in the community centre facilitated by the local level link person.
During the launching of the virtually zomdu and the strategic development plan, the Chairperson of National Council Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga, said that the significance and the importance of the conversation and the dialogue at the local and the national level as the dialogue and the conversation are the key constituents of democracy.
“No matter how advance of information, technology and the communication (ICT) go, the value of face to face interaction will not be substituted”, said the Chairperson.
During the inauguration session of the Virtual Zomdu, Chairperson discussed the issues and progress of works in various gewogs in Tashigang Dzongkhag with the sector heads lead by the Dasho Dzongrab. They discussed about the farm road construction, construction of bridges, Rangjung Thromde, electricity bills and the connectivity, about Saling Schools Concerns and the certificates for the private forestry through videos conference.
With regards to the farm roads construction between Yangnyer and Dali Phagma, Tashigang Dzongkhag Dasho Dzongrab Pema Dorji said that the construction of the roads has been started and till now the road has been cleared about two km. Dasho added that the work is going well and the work is going to be completed by the end of April 2016.
Meanwhile, utilizing the existing infrastructure, videos conferencing facilities have now installed in the two houses of Parliament, twenty Dzongkhags headquarter and to 41 community centre in the country. The same facility will be provided to all 205 gewogs in the country.
With the financial support from the UNDP Bhutan, the facility would use for the community centre’s in 186 location across the country with 136 to fiber optic network connectivity.