10 July 2019: The Department of Livestock convened its first management and technical meeting for the financial year 2019-20, chaired by the Director-General. The meeting saw a wide range of discussions pertaining to both management and technical issues that needed immediate interventions.
The Chiefs of DoL presented the report on activity updates implemented by respective divisions in the financial year 2018-2019. They also reflected on the progress made by the field offices and extended their gratitude and appreciation for a successful implementation of planned activities in the past year.
The session proceeded with the updates and discussions on certain pertinent issues like Animal Welfare Scheme, Tshethar Guidelines, policy development on animal disaster management in Bhutan, institution of matrix system for organization structure within DoL, Dog population management strategies and way forward plans for Highland program in the 12 FYP. The discussion was also joined through video conferencing by the program directors and farm manager of NRDCA & NPiRDC in Gelephu, NHRDC, and NSBC in Bumthang.
DoL focal for Annual Performance Agreement (APA) presented APA Quality Assurance Framework (A-QAF) to the house and informed on immediate implementation starting this year. This is a new APA reporting format initiated by GNHC geared towards improving the performance management system of an organization.
The meeting also saw updates presented on the Royal Project Initiatives, annual transfer exercises, and discussions on general administration issues.
The meeting attended by both technical and administrative staff of DoL, and representatives from Ministry HRMD ended with a sumptuous “potluck lunch” organized with an idea to build workplace comradeship and socialize among staff to engage in a more friendly work environment, and less budgetary implications.