Digital Drukyul will be completed next year: Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi

Jigmi Wangdi

The Drukyul digital flagship project is 72% complete, according to Communications Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi.

Chhumig-Ura MP Karma Wangchuk asked Lyonpo about the progress of the project during question time during the second session of the eighth session at the National Assembly on November 8.

Lyonpo said the project is large consisting of eight different projects. The revised budget that the MoIC received was Nu 2.676 billion.

“So far, $1.716 billion has been spent on the projects,” Lyonpo said.

Lyonpo said that each project has multiple aspects related to improving the digital ecosystem in the country to enable citizens to access efficient public services.

The National Digital Identity project is 77% complete. This includes the collection of biometric data of the citizens of the country.

“So far, we have been able to collect data from 482,341 citizens. Biometric data collection is currently taking place in Thimphu, Samtse and Sarpang,” Lyonpo said.

The network launched by the government is almost 97% complete. The project includes connecting schools, offices, hospitals and institutes to the government fiber optic network.

“We have connected a total of 1,578 government agencies and institutes so far,” Lyonpo said.

The digital school project under the flagship project is 84% ​​complete. The project works on learning management system and education management information system.

“We are currently training teachers to use both systems,” Lyonpo said.

Bhutan’s integrated tax system project remains to be completed. Lyonpo highlighted the main benefits of the project for the country if done properly and used well.

The project includes the development of direct taxation, goods and services tax and an integrated revenue and payment system. Lyonpo said the Goods and Services Tax project has been postponed for the time being.

Other projects under the flagship project include home network reinstallation, integrated citizen service, integrated business licensing system and electronic patient information system.

Lyonpo said that apart from Bhutan’s integrated tax system, all projects will be completed by next year.

The Digital Drukyul Flagship project was approved in fiscal year 2019-2020.

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