Paro, Haa, Wangdue, Punakha and Gasadzongdags presented their mid-year evaluations of the annual performance agreements (APAs) signed between the Prime Minister and the dzongdags last year.
In lieu of the Prime Minister, Lyonpo Dorji Choden, Minister for Works and Human Settlement chaired the meeting in Paro today.
Commending the dzongkhags for having achieved most of the targets specified in the agreements, Lyonpo stressed that common issues regarding budget allocation, land, waste management, education and data collection should be appropriately dealt with.
It was crucial for dzongkhags and thromdes to cooperate with the concerned agencies in order to devise appropriate means to reduce waste at source and explore alternative ways to manage waste. Lyonpo further informed that the government is trying to acquire foreign aid for implementing suitable waste management practices.
Lyonpo conveyed that the dzongkhags should consult with the people and frame realistic targets by capitalizing on the existing potential and resources.
Since most dzongkhags lacked engineers, Lyonpo said that engineer shortages would be addressed very soon.
Food, nutrition and self-sufficiency were prioritized activities in the 11th FYP and the dzongkhags are also required to focus on improving them.