Monitoring visit by TMO

District:

Chiranjibi Sharma, Environment specialist and Hom Nath Lamsal, District coordinator for Bajura visited two road corridor (MTC and MK) from 11 to 14 February 2017. They reported that significant progress has been made since theier last visit in May 2016. Large progress has been made in the bottleneck sections and quality has improved significantly which has made them to believe that the roads will be substantially completed by June 2017. For the entry sections, DTA has completed the field survey and has proposed two options whose designs will be completed soon. DDC has allocated NRs. 4.5 million for the entry section. There are problems of land acquisition and realignment of penstock pipe for which necessary steps are being taken.  Mission focused to made climate resent road by water management, use of safety gear and reinstate quarry site that made at community and GoN forest site.

Approval of ARAMP

District:

On 9th February 2017, DDC Bajura organized DTICC meeting for the approval of ARAMP for the fiscal year 2073/74 with the assistance of RAP 3. The meeting was chaired by Local Development Officer Prakash Raj Poudel with the attendance of representatives from district level political parties, DTO chief, KEP, RCIW and other DDC/DTO officials. RAP 3 DTL Ramesh Neupane facilitated about the need and importance of ARAMP for the smooth implementation of available road sector budget

E-Procurement training

District:

In line with capacity building of DTO/DDC staff  under ASP, RAP 3 DTA Bajura conducted two days E-Procurement training on 19th – 20th  December 2016. The training was attended by 14 participants from DDC/DTO and RAP 3 DTA including LDO Prakash Raj Paudel, DTO chief Janga Bahadur Thapa and DDC account officer Krishna Bahadur Shahi.  RAP 3 DTL Ramesh Neupane delivered the the theoretical and practical session. LDO and DTO chief thanked RAP 3 for conducting the training.

LRUC Public Audit

District:

On 17th - 21st September 2016, LRUC level public audit was organized on two LRUCs: Selifal and Badimalika of Maure-Kailashmandu-Badimalika district road and three LRUCs: Maure-Toli, Dhawalpuri and Chhatara of Maure -Toli-Chhatara district road of Bajura disrtrict. Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) from 4 - 6 ( FY 2072/073) for RBGs/SBGs wages payment made between May to July 2016 were audited.  Representatives from DDC/VDC, DTA, LNGO, local political parties, LRCC, LRUC, journalists from local radio station and about 75% of RGs/SBGs members were participated. The queries raised by the participants were answered by RAP3 DTA. LRUC level public audits in Maure-Toli and Dhalwalpuri were monitored by internal auditors Dasarath Moktan and Tika Chandra Maden from RAP3, TMO.

Training on Rapid Condition Survey

District:

RAP3, DTA Bajura conducted a training on Rapid Condition Survey in Mardtadi, Bajura on 13th September 2016 to DDC/DTO and DTA staff. The programme was chaired by LDO, Arjun Prasad Subedi. DDC/DTO staff were well oriented for RCS, which has been scheduled from 15th September 2016 onwards. All formats attached in ARAMP guideline for Rapid Condition Survey were thoroughly described.

CPD Training in Bajura

District:

On 12th August 2016,  RAP3, DTA Bajura conducted LRN refresher training to RAP3 DTA staff in line with RAP3 CPD activities on supervision, quality control, measurement and valuation. The main aim of training was to strengthen the knowledge and skills of DTA staffs  The training focussed on lesson learn, observation and finding during RAP TMO and DTA field visit of both roads of Bajura district regarding the quality of works, works supervision, measurement of completed works, record keeping of field data and its presentation as well as how to improve the lapses and gaps.

Annual Review and CIM Workshop

District:

With the assistance of RAP3, DDC Bajura organized Annual Progress Review Workshop for FY 2072/073 on 24th July 2016. The programme was chaired by Local Development Officer Arjun Prasad Subedi. 48 participants from DDC/DTO, DADO, DLSO, political parties, LRUCs, LRCCs, journalist, NGO Federation, partner LNGO and RAP3 DTA were participated in the programme. RAP3 TMO LRN Construction Specialist/DC Hom Nath Lamsal gave the short speech on objective of workshop. DTL Ramesh Neupane presented overall progress of RAP3, EO Kamal Bhandari on LRN and LNGO Programme Cordinator Juddha Rawal on SED.

Continual Improvement Matrix (CIM) was organized on 25th July 2016.  The main objective of the programme was to assess DDC capacity and performance on LRN with five thematic areas (Planning, Technical, Financial, Institutional, MCPM and Social & Political). LDO, DTO, Planning Officer, Account Officer and DoLIDAR Engineer recorded score in each thematic area.

District Transport Infrastructure Coordination Committee (DTICC) Meeting

District:

DDC Bajura, in assistance with RAP3 DTA organized DTICC Meeting for ARAMP approval of FY 072/73 on 14 January 2016. The meeting was attended by Members of Parliament, ex. minister for industry Karna Bahadur Thapa, representatives from political parties, Chief District Officer and other DTICC members including GoN line agencies. The program was chaired by  LDO,  Arjun Prasad Subedi. RAP3 DTL, Ramesh Neupane briefly talked about different kinds of interventions and how they are prioritized & implemented while allocating budgets in the ARAMP.The meeting was participated by 60 participants.

ARAMP Training

District:

In line with RAP3 Continuing Professional Development annual timetable, RAP3 DTA team Bajura conducted 2 days Annual Road Asset Management Plan (ARAMP) (LRN Engineering Course Module 1A, 1B,1C,1E & 1F) & Detailed Design (Module 2A,2B,2c,2D,2E,(repeat 2E) on 20 & 21  December 2015. 10 technicians from DDC/DTO/RAP DTA participated in training. The main objective of this training was to provide the key aspects of ARAMP & Detailed Design  preparation to DTO/DDC/RAP3 staffs for strengthening their skills and knowledge and also to make familiar with ARAMP Excel Template.

Himalayan Times reports from Bajura

District:

Khadak Sunar of Toli in Bajura district spent more than 14 years in neighbouring country India to earn money due to lack of opportunities in his place. But for two years, he has been staying in his village, working in local development projects. Of late, with the rise of development works in the village, employment opportunities have also increased in the district.“I did not earn well in India,” the Dalit man said, “But, here I am able to earn Rs 700 per day. Now I am living with his family while the village is also developing,” informed Khadak. Similarly, Jamuna Sunar of the same village said that the frequent visits of her husband to India for jobs had also stopped as both of them got the job in their own village.

Currently, the District Development Committee (DDC) is running a project in the village under the Rural Access Programme (RAP). According to Subas Bikram Thapa, Office Manager of  RAP, more than 900 people have got job opportunities in their own village for the RAP. Thapa further said the opportunities have increased due to the use of human labour instead of dozers in road projects. Different development works in the district have lowered the number of people approaching to India for employment. Mostly people from Dalit community used to visit the bordering county to earn money. However, with the increase of opportunities, the number has decreased informed, Kasi BK, a Dalit leader.

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