To re­solve the hu­man re­sources short­age

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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