51 annual performance agreement targets achieved

Of the total 378 activities that the 10 ministries set at the beginning of the Financial Year 2017-18, 51 have already been achieved. The Prime Minister, Dasho Tshering Tobgay, applauded the ambition of the ministries during the mid-year review of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) on Wednesday.

Some of the initiatives achieved include establishment of 4,500 biogas plants in the country by the agriculture ministry, 100% primary education completion by the education ministry and three doctors in every dzongkhag by the health ministry.

Although the ministries are still working toward achieving 296 more targets, 31 were reported as being under risk.  Of these, 14 were reported to be under risk due to inability to achieve the excellent target.

During the review meeting, the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources presented progresses for 32 Success Indicators (SIs), of which only two indicators have been achieved, 28 indicators reported as on track and two SIs at risk.

As per the Labor Force Survey 2016, youth unemployment stands at 13.2%. The ministry feels that it will not be able to achieve youth unemployment rate of 2.5% as per the 11th FYP target with only two quarters of government term remaining.

Similarly, the female youth unemployment stands at 11%. The labor ministry feels that it will not be able to achieve female youth unemployment rate of 5% as per the 11th FYP target with only two quarters government term remaining.

Ministry of Economic Affairs achieved five out of the 49 success indicators, 37 are on track and seven at risk. Of the seven indicators at risk, four relate to hydropower projects.

According to the economic affairs secretary, Dasho Yeshey Wangdi, the progress on construction of Punatsangchhu I and II is slow. Being the nodal agency, the Department of Hydropower and Power Systems has no stake in construction activities as individual projects have different authorities.

The ministry proposed the targets be reduced by 1% for Punatsangchhu I, 4% for Punatsangchhu II, 8% for Nikachhu and another 4% for Kholongchhu.

However, Lyonchhen said that there is no need to revise the target and though the ministry would not get an excellent rating, the rating would be good.

The review meeting was attended by the ministers, secretaries, Gross National Happiness Commission and officials from various ministries.

The 10 ministries and the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital presented their progress reports in the capital yesterday.

“When a government management system like the APA is started, civil servants in other countries normally do not give much support. But we have received full support here, and for that we are grateful,” said Lyonchhen.

The review for the remaining 11 autonomous agencies are also expected to take place soon.

Pema Seldon from Thimphu