Sarpang, with a score of 98.9 out of 100 in the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) review for the fiscal year 2014-2015, tops the socio-economic development performance list of 20 dzongkhags in the country. The position was declared the Prime Minister at an event on July 20 in Thimphu.
The review was carried out on the APA objectives made by each dzongkhag. The objective touched on the food security and nutrition, improving the rural household cash income, generating employment opportunities, improving health status of the communities, enhancing sustainable management of natural resources and enhancing rural household income, safeguarding artifacts and conservation of architectural heritage, and in improving the quality of urban life.
The objectives also looked into enhancing adult literacy and primary school enrolment with higher learning outcomes as well as in promoting clean Bhutan. The mandatory objectives also included improving public service delivery and implementation of national integrity and anticorruption strategy.
The other dzongkhags were not very far behind Sarpang in the review. Pemagatshel came in second with a score of 98.65, followed by Samtse with 98.55. The bottom two dzongkhags were Paro at 90.23 and Gasa at 88.38.
As per the review, Sarpang has shown increased production of paddy, maize, cardamom, mandarin, litchi, cabbage, cauliflower, milk, egg, fish, pork, chicken, and also in constructing irrigation channels, renovating it and establishment of stream water harvest.
Sarpang came out shining in terms of involving communities in community forestry groups, harvest of non-wood forests products, initial water resource management plans and sustaining immunization coverage. The dzongkhag also increased its promotion of non-formal education learners and increased primary enrollment rate, and improved learning outcomes in class III and VI.
Sarpang also did well in terms of keeping the dzongkhag clean and saw construction of urban water supply and internal roads. It contributed towards preservation and promotion of culture with renovation of lhakhangs, installation of nangtens in lhakhangs and the promotion of the national language.
The dzongkhag also made effort in constructing bridges, constructing new farm roads maintaining existing farm roads, survey and design of farm roads, and in promoting small and cottage industries or business.
To improve health care facilities and services, Sarpang increased the water supply coverage, as well as reduced incidence of maternal and infant mortality.
Pemagatshel also saw increase in the production of maize, mustard, potato, mandarin, ginger, cabbage, radish, chilies, milk, egg and pork production. As per the objectives of the dzongkhag, it also saw other achievements, such as construction of urban roads for Denchi and Rinchenthang towns and construction of water supply facilities for Denchi town, implementation of local area plan of Denchi and Rinchenthang towns.
Other dzongkhags, like Chukha, also saw increase the production in paddy, maize, wheat, mustard, potatoes, cardamom, mandarin, ginger, areca nut and vegetables, milk, meat and honey. It also improvement in construction and renovation of irrigation channel, constructing market sheds, new farm road, renovate farm road and promote small business enterprises.
The dzongdags of the 20 dzongkhags shared the shortfalls of the agreement, like there being no reliable data collection, lack of budget and un-timely review. The event also saw the signing of APA 2015-16 by the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay with 20 dzongdags.