Study team from Laos

District:

A team of consisting of eight prominent members from the Laos Poverty Reduction Fund and Ministry of Public Works and Transport visited Sindhuplachowk on 7th- 8th November 2017. The chief district engineer of DTO welcomed the team and made a presentation on RMG maintenance interventions in the district. The team was mainly focused on the implementation of RMG for routine and recurrent maintenance activities and showed interest in learning about the implementation modality adopted by RAP3 and other projects such as SNRTP. The government of Laos is particularly interested in developing the concept of community contracting not only for roads but other types of social infrastructure. The study team visited two roads Naubise-Chautara-Melamchi (23DR013) and Melchaur(F31) - Bhaise(H03) (23DR040) and talked with the RMG working there.   

Completed external audit

District:

The external financial audit team consisting of Sakar Koirala and Sushil Parajuli visited Sindhupalchowk from 5th-7th November 2017 to conduct this year’s audit. The team was accompanied by Rakesh Khadka (Contract and Finance Officer) from TMO. The team audited the financial activities from February 2016 to July 2017 of the RMG funds from DFID and GoN, including the expenditure of ASP, CPD and DTA accounts, staff attendance and vehicle logbook. After completion of the audit, a review meeting was conducted on 7th November, where the auditors shared their findings and suggestions with the DTA team. DTA was thanked by the audit team for the good co-operation that made completion of the audit programme possible.

Road Maintenance Group (RMG) payment through RAP 3

District:

RAP 3 Sindhupalchowk made the payment to road maintenance groups for the month of Shrawan and Bhadra 2074, since October 2016, the financial responsibility was taken up by GoN, assuring their fund for routine and recurrent maintenance work through RMG. Aftermath of the recent local level elections and restructuring has delayed the delegation of authority towards the financial management of GoN budget. So, RAP3 has extended its delivery from TA to GoN engaged RMGs’ wage payment of two months, considering the upcoming the major festivals and assuring they are paid ahead of Dashain.

Annual Review and Engagement Workshop

District:

RAP 3 Sindhupalchowk successfully completed the annual review programme and engagement workshop on 18th September 2017. The programme was organized to inform newly elected representatives about the RAP3 background, objectives, implementation modality and progress of FY073/74 and how RAP might work with new (rural) municipalities in future. DCC chairperson, vice chairperson, CDO, elected chiefs, deputy chiefs and executive officers from new elected local levels of the district were attended as guests. Harihar Bhandari, LRNMC gave presentation about RAP 3 objectives and overall programme progress, after welcome note presented by Madhav Jung Karki, CDE/DTO. Pratik Paudel, GE presented the district project progress and activities and achievements of ASP/CPD programme. Gopi Chandra Upreti, M&E Specialist gave presentation on rural/municipality engagement strategy, and participants were facilitated for the brainstorming session for finding the difficulties in six thematic areas and suggesting the possible measure to address those issues. Participants worked in three groups and listed out their concerned issued which were presented on the same floor. With the delivery of closing speech by  Gopal Tamang, DCC chairperson, the programme came to an end.

Continual Improvement Matrix (CIM) Assessment

District:

RAP 3 Sindhupalchowk completed the CIM assessment of DCC/DTO for this year on 17th of September 2017 to evaluate Planning, Implementation, Financial and Institutional competency of DCC/DTO against SWAp compliance. The programme was chaired by LDO, and facilitated by RAP 3 LRNMC, TMO and GE. Total 12 participants were present in the programme including Chief District Engineer, DTO engineers, DCC section officer, DCC Account Officer and DTA staff. After the positive debate and self-evaluation the scores were awarded to the different sub sections with consent of all the participants. The average score of this year is 6.95 which ascended the previous year score by 0.52. The district has achieved the SWAp compliance score on Asset Management Implementation and MCPM.

MEL team visit in Sindhupalchowk district

District:

On 31st July 2017, MEL team comprising of Navin Subedi, Vishal Gadhavi, and Hare Ram Shrestha visited DTO Sindhupalchowk. The schedule of visit was to learn the practice of preparation of ARAMP, the obstacles, challenges and future plan regarding ARAMP preparation. They had discussion meeting with RAP3 team, DTO engineers and SNRTP engineers. Madhav Jung karki, CDE Sindhupalchowk, highlighted the obstacles we are facing at a moment due to re-structuring of government, he emphasized the non-clarity of government proceedings.

Tools and safety gears distribution for RMG works

District:

DCC Sindhupalchowk had recently procured tools and safety gears for RMG works in the district. RAP3 DTA team in Sindhupalchowk has already distributed tools and safety gears in Melamchi and Barabise Cluster. After earthquake majority of RMG workers had lost their tools, equipment and safety gears. RMGs unwillingness to putting on safety gears in work site has become one of the main challenge for DTA team. DTA team is creating awareness among RMGs on importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) .

TMO Visit to Sindhupalchowk

District:

On 26th June James Walton, Team Leader, Management Systems, Shristy Maharjan, Graduate Engineer and Rakesh Khadka, Contract and Finance Officer visited DTA Sindhupalchowk. GE Animesh Paudel briefed about the status of ongoing activities in the district. JW, SM and RK visited 23DR011 (Chautara - Syaule) road and met one of the RMG groups. The team highlighted the importance of PPE in work site and instructed DTA team to make PPE mandatory in work place. DTA Sindhupalchowk is in process of distributing safety gears, tools and equipment. GE Animesh Paudel and Shristy Maharjan had meeting with DCC and DTO. They discussed about re-structuring of government system and ongoing works and payment made to RMGs. They were very optimistic about RAP3s’ work and co-ordination with DCC. On 29th June 2017, they bid farewell to Graduate Engineer Animesh Paudel too.

RMG works resumed

District:

Routine Maintenance works through RMGs have been restarted after a long stand down from 17th of April, 2017. The works had been stood down in all roads except Chautara-Siphaghat since January. Currently, RMGs are working in 273 Km of 27 District roads. There are 43 groups working for the routine maintenance activities, currently comprised of 153 members. The members include 47% females. The road users have expressed appreciation towards the improved road condition following the commencement of routine and recurrent maintenance activities in different roads where they were questioned.

Feedback on new wage system from RMGs

District:

The road maintenance groups have so far given a positive feedback about the new wage system in Sindhupalchowk that allows wages to be deposited directly to their individual accounts. The feedback was collected during site visits of SAMEs and GE in April and May. This method has been employed for wage distribution in the past four months. The members have particularly appreciated the flexibility and simplicity with which they can withdraw their wages and the reduced travel time.

While this has indeed added some administrative burden for banks and DCC account sections, DTA Sindhupalchowk is currently working to simplify the process further by developing payslips and bulk entry system for easy entry and tracking. The new system was put in place in January, 2017 and has been continued since.

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