Biggest Achievement For The 11th Plan Is Happiness In Bhutan
The biggest achievement of the last five years is that people are happy.
By Youten Tshedup | Kuensel
The Trashigang dzongkhag has achieved 37 out of the 45 key performance indicators (KPI) set for the 11th Plan.
During the terminal review meeting on June 8, the Trashigang dzongdag, Chekey Gyeltshen said that five indicators are on track while three are at risk.
The dzongdag said that compared to the 10th Plan where the dzongkhag received a budget of Nu 950.560 million (M), the 11th Plan saw an increase of about 52 percent in the total budget outlay. Trashigang received Nu 1,440.867M in the current Plan.
Development in various sectors in the 11th plan
He said that the dzongkhag witnessed developments not only in the urban centres but also in the villages.
A total of 12 gewog centre roads running some 168.92km were blacktopped in the 11th Plan. Works to construct new roads to Merak and Sakteng also commenced in the current Plan.
In the education sector, seven central schools were opened. While the number of students decreased from 11,871 in the 10th Plan to 11,123 in the current Plan, the number of teachers increased from 623 to 691.
Under the health sector, the number of grade I basic health units (BHU) increased from two in the 10th Plan to five in the 11th Plan. The number of doctors increased from nine to 19 in the current Plan.
The agricultural and dairy production also saw a sharp rise in the 11th Plan. The dzongkhag has received 39 power tillers in the last five years and the length of electric fencing increased from 43.8km to 181.18km. In addition, 13 sanam tshongkhags were also established in the gewogs.
Besides the renovation works on the 359-year-old dzong, a total of 852 choetens and 41 lhakhangs were renovated in the last five years.
The dzongdag Chekey Gyeltshen said that the construction of the 96 bed boys’ and girls’ hostels in Dungtse central school in Phongmay and the establishment of a lhakhang and drashain Sakteng could not be completed and has to be carried into the next Plan.
Each project is expected to cost Nu 5.50M and Nu 7M respectively.
The importance of sharing the 11th plan’s achievements with the public
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, who along with the education minister, Norbu Wangchuk and the works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden who chaired the review, said that it was important that the people are informed about the achievements of the past five years.
Lyonchhen said that as an elected leader, it was his responsibility to share what the government had achieved in the last five years.
“This is a new practice and I find this important for the public to know,” he said.
The biggest achievement over the past five years is ‘Happiness’
He said that while the country has seen several developmental activities, the biggest achievement of the last five years is that people are happy and that peace in the country continues to flourish.
Lyonchhen explained that while the country’s debt has increased in the current plan, people should not be worried as it was all incurred in the hydropower activities.
He said that these debts would self-liquidate as and when the hydropower projects are completed.
“People should be proud that the non-hydropower debt has decreased in the last five years.”
Comparing the current achievements with the 10th Plan’s results, Lyonchhen said that the comparison was not to criticise the former government but it had to be based on the previous achievements as a benchmark.
This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.