To resolve the human resources shortage
Virtual Zomdu, which is a new way to ease human resource shortage and way to connect Parliamentarian to their constituencies through videos conferencing, seems to be effective these days.
To tackle this operational and other management, training on the management and operation of Virtual Zomdu will be conducted for Dzongkhag IT Officers and CC operators shortly.
The main objective of the training is to train Dzongkhag IT officers and CCs operators so that they are able to operate and monitor Virtual Zomdu sessions independently during the current pilot phase and the longer run. After this training, it is expected that Dzongkhag IT Officers will not only be able to provide technical backstopping to CC operators but also able to train new CC operators during future up-scaling of virtual Zomdues.
The Parliament of Bhutan and UNDP Bhutan have been testing a new way of connecting parliamentarians to their constituencies through video conferencing since May 2014. Besides regular twice-yearly constituency visits, the new technology will allow MPs to discussion and consult with their constituencies during and between parliamentary sessions.
This new way of conducting “Zomdu” builds on the traditional meetings in villages or communities. The sessions are open to everyone in the constituency, regardless of literacy, gender, social status, or whether they have access to the Internet. The Virtual Zomdu sessions are held in Community Centres across the country.
Currently in the pilot phase, Virtual Zomdu facilities have been installed in 47 Community Centres around the country.
To promote the use of Virtual Zomdu and to build awareness amongst the people, community consultations were conducted in Norbugang under Samtse Dzongkhag; Bomdeling under Tashi Yangytse Dzongkhag, Tang under Bumthang Dzongkhag and Drujegang under Dagana Dzongkhag.
The community consultations are also expected to contribute to developing monitoring and feedback processes to improve the design of the Virtual Zomdu project to ensure its sustainability and use in the future.
It is expected that the experience will encourage communities to use the facility more frequently and for a diversity of purposes other than only communicating with their MPs.
At the community consultations in the five Dzongkhags, more than 65 members from each Gewog attended the meeting. The communities also held Virtual Zomdu sessions with their MPs that lasted for at least an hour.
During the Zomdu, a wide range of issues such local development plans, youth unemployment, land and civil registration, protection of women, and national assembly proceedings were discussed during the sessions.
Bhutan with difficult terrain and scattered population virtual Zomdus will help more effectively in reaching the people of the constituency and save a few Ngultrums for good purpose.