SMGs work monitoring by DCC/DTO

District:

On 11th of June 2017, a joint monitoring team comprised of LDO, DTO, Account officer, DoLIDAR RAP 3 Engineer, Overseer and RAP DTA visited on Mangalsen-Chitre-Payal-Siudi DRCN where 2 Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) are working. A progress review meeting was held on 9th June and decided to visit the SMGs work. Both of the groups were working in the site and were constructing gabion wall. LDO, Toy Narayan Subedi  observed the attendence register, job cards, first aid kit box and the minute of the wage distribution. He also asked weahter the SMGs are well informed of the work and payement method and appriciated that all members will be equally distributed wages according to attendence. The visit team was briefed by GE Janak kharel about the concept of the SMGs Piloting, works that are being carried out, problem faced and progress acheived till date. DTO, Lal Bdr Bista expressed his concern of difficulty in achieving quality from the unskilled labour, which was responsed as regular supervision and guidence could make group efficient for quality work. Visit team appriciated the supervision of RAP 3 and performance of SMGs and asked to complete in time.  

Bio-engineering training

District:

RAP 3 DTA Achham sucessfully organized 2 days training on 1st and 2nd of June 2017 about “bio-engineering” to DCC/DTO engineers, sub-engineers & assistant sub-engineers and DTAs under the CPD of RAP 3. All together 11 participants were trained on various topics of environmental management, introduction of  bio-engineering, technique of bio-engineering, various vegetative and civil engineering structure, selection of suitable species etc. The first day of the training was theoritocal session followed by practical in the field next day. Practical training was conducted in Mangalsen-Kunti-Basti-Lodeghat DR (69DR012) during which RMGs of the road were also orientated about the need and method of bio-engineering. Entire training module was delivered by GE Janak Kharel. At the end of the training participants appeared exam. LDO Toy Narayan Subedi, appreciated RAP 3 for organizing such training in suitable time and Lal Bdr Bista (DTO) asked concerned staff to implement the technique whereever applicable.

Internal auditor visits Achham

District:

RAP 3 internal auditor audited on effectiveness of Basic Operation Guideline (BOG) manual in district on 23rd and 24th of May 2017. Internal auditor Tulsi Neupane in presence of Regional Team Leader, Krishna Sharan Dhungana carried out investigation on clarity in understating of BOG principle among the DTA team and the implementing partners. Auditor also got the status of TMO instruction on the application of guideline and process of disseminating the messages to the district level stakeholders/ actors and their effectiveness and the practices. Auditor also visited DCC/DTO to get feedback on application and effectiveness of BOG which was found appreciating.

8 New RMGs into function

District:

RAP 3 DTA Achham in coordination and consultation with DCC/DTO initiated 8 new RMGs in 7 new DRCN of Achham which was already mentioned in ARAMP 073/74. After this there are 22 DRCNs. 37 RMGs and 255 members maintaining 317 KM of DRCNs under technical and financial support of RAP 3. Altogether 32 new members were selected from the nearby settlement of respective roads among the poorest and disadvantaged family ensuring minimum 33% female participation.  Among 32 members, 21 members are female (66%) and 11 members are male (34%). These RMGs were provided with one day theoretical orientation by DTA about introduction of RAP 3, objectives of RAP 3, method adopted for RMG selection, types of maintenance activities to be done, performance standard to be fulfilled, tools and safety equipment used for road maintenance, things to remembered during work, agreement, payment and facilities that RMGs will get, RAP 3 10 principles, monthly work plan, days to work in a month etc. After distribution of required safety gears and construction, DTA provided practical orientation in respective road and they started working. The villagers are happy that the road would be better and open all time.

Achham “FM 89 Mhz” Event

District:

Radio society FM 89 Mhz, Achham has been broadcasting radio program “Bikash ko Bato” under direct supervision of Antenna Foundation Nepal supported by RAP 3. Radio society FM conducted public hearing programme “Radio Dialogue for Development” at premises of district coordination committee, Mangalsen Achham on 5th May 2017. The theme of the program was “Developments & Irregularities”. The objectives of program was to impel for fair and effectiveness in delivering development activities and services timely and transparently and be conscious of the development issues to all stakeholders. Participants raised queries of different issues which were answered by concerned stakeholders. The program was ended stating the commitment of good governance, accountabilities & transparency in development activities by all participants.

Orientation to new RMGs

District:

RAP 3 DTA Achham organized one day theoretical training/orientation to newly formed RMGs on 28th April 2017. Orientation program was held in DCC Hall, Mangalsen with chairmanship of LDO Toya Narayan Subedi. 8 new RMGs altogether 32 members were formed in 7 new DRCN adding 39 KM road maintained by RAP 3.  New RMGs were orientated about introduction of RAP 3, objectives of RAP 3, Method adopted for RMG selection, types of maintenance activities to be done, performance standard to be fulfilled, Tools and safety equipment used for road maintenance, things to remembered during work, agreement, payment and facilities that RMGs will get, RAP 3 10 principles, Monthly work plan, days to work in a month etc. New RMGs were made clear showing different pictures of other RMGs maintaining roads. Training was delivered by Graduate Engineer Janak Kharel and Jr. IoW Dharka Budha and logistics management was supported by Office Manager Harka Baduwal. LDO Toyanaraya Subedi & DE Lal Bahadur Bista congratulated and good wished to all members encouraging for best performance. 

First IPC payment to SMGs

District:

RAP 3 DTA Achham made first IPC payment (Advance) to SMGs.  Five different SMGs in three different DRCN, all together 73 SMGs members are working in Achham since 5March 2017. First IPC was made 60 % of the work progress and deposited to the respective bank account of SMGs. SMG chair and treasurer collected the cash from bank and distributed to group members in presence of DTA staff. One of the member, Ganga Luhar, a deprived family expressed her happiness to receive wages of her diligence. She wished to spend this to admit her children in school and buy books and copies to them. Other member Khagendra Khanal. said “ I will pay debt to shop and make treatment to my sick daughter”.

RMGs corridor level public audit

District:

RAP 3 Achham successfully organized RMGs corridor level public audit in different corridor from 18th to 21st of April 2017. Audit was made of last six months payment to 24 old RMGs and last 11 months payment to 5 new RMGs working in 15 (278.00Km) different DRCNs. Public audit was held in 8 different locations where DCC representatives, representatives of municipality/rural municipalities, RMGs members, representatives of local parties and other local people were present. Distribution of the wages was fair in all groups and nobody complained about it however RMGs members wished to work more days in month. LDO Toya Narayan Subedi attended one event of public audit in Mangalsen and appreciated RMGs efforts for keeping road open. He also requested to give more effort in the comping months as there would be more vehicular movement due to the election.  Local people expressed their happiness to have access in all weather.

CPD Training to DCC/DTO & DTA technical staff

District:

RAP 3 DTA Achham successfully organized two days Continual Professional Development (CPD) Training to DDC/DTO and DTA technical staff on 30th and 31st of March 2017. The training was about the implementation and quality control of the engineering structure focusing on road. Training was delivered by Graduate Engineer Janak Kharel to 8 no. of DCC/DTO staff and 2 no. of DTA staff. Main contents of the training were “Introduction to Implementation”, “Contract Administration”, “Quality Management plan”, “Work Supervision”, “Environment Management”, “Work Measurement and Valuation” and “RMGs Refresher”. Completion of training was followed by taking exam of the participants.

Scorpio jeep arrives in Achham

District:

DCC Achham has received a Scorpio jeep in the district in early March 2017. The vehicle (BA 2 JHA 1184) was provided through DoLIDAR for district with RAP 3 support about two years ago, but it remained in Kathmandu. LDO Toy Narayan Subedi had shared with line-ministry and respective department about significance of RAP 3 vehicle during RAP 3 annual review in January 2017. He had also mentioned that it would help DCC’s capacity in routine field monitoring and supervision of various projects and programmes implemented by different INGOs and donor agencies in the district. With his continued coordination with centre, DCC Achham finally managed to get the vehicle. DCC Achham organised a “Vehicle arrival ceremony and puja” in the DCC premise. LDO Toy Narayan Subedi expressed his happiness  and heartedly thanked the RAP 3 management.

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