MTR: With two and half years of the 11th Plan period gone, Mongar dzongkhag had utilized 86 percent of the Nu 1.85 billion (B), spending Nu 932 million budget outlay.

The dzongkhag has achieved most of the 570 key performance indicators (KPI) areas that includes enhancing rural household income, improved health status, agriculture production among others.  318 targets have been achieved so far and 250 are well on track, the dzongrab presented to the Prime Minister during the midterm review on March 12. Two result areas are in the ‘risk zone’.

The agriculture sector has crossed the potato production target by a huge margin. Potato production in the dzongkhag increased to 4,697 metric tonnes (MT) against the target of 3,002 MT. Maize production was 15,550 MT against the target of 14,507 MT and even with a poor orange season, the dzongkhag produced 2,279 MT in last two years. The target was 1,478 MT.

The livestock sector has crossed the egg production target by a massive margin. 394,360 dozen of eggs were produced against the target of 120,070 dozens. Butter and cheese production have also increased significantly.

In the health sector, the target of supplying safe drinking water and constructing toilets were achieved. There was no report of maternal mortality in the dzongkhag and no cases of infant mortality related death of children under five.

Of the 102 KPI signed in the annual performance agreement between the Prime Minister and the Mongar dzongdag, 62 KPI programme were completed while 38 are under progress. Two areas, paddy production and performance of students in exams, are in the risk zone.

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay pointed out that the agreement to produce 1,589 MT of paddy was not met. He also said students didn’t perform well in their exams.

To develop the communities, the government has allocated gewog development grant under which 152 projects like renovation of lhakhangs, renovation of old and construction of new drinking water supplies, electric fencing, farm road construction and maintenance were carried out.

With the help of GDG funds, Lyonchoen said that in two years, a total of 78 farm roads were constructed which was about 208 kilometers. 313 kilometres of gewog central road will also be blacktopped at the cost of Nu 571M.

Lyonchoen said that there is a huge prospects for the six eastern dzongkhags to develop in the near future with a new college in Gyalpoizhing, a new industrial estate coming at Bondeyma in Saling gewog, the 1,020 MW Dorjilung Kurichu power, the Education centre in Kanglung and an Economic Centre in Nganglam, .

Tashi Phuntsho