Vir­tual Zomdu (VZ) to ease hu­man re­source short­age was launched

Bhutan Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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