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Report on the follow-up on the 20th Session of National Council

Posted on : 18 June 2018
Hon’ble Jigme Wangchuck, Deputy Chairperson of the National Council and Hon’ble Nima from Bumthang Dzongkhag presented the follow-up report on the resolution of the 20th Session of the National Council (NC). Highlighting on the resolution passed by the NC, the concerned Members presented the responses received for the resolution on the Local Government Members Leave Entitlement; Allocating Budget for Black-topping of Chuzomsa-Baylandra Road; G2C services; and Legal Aid to Indigent…....

21st Session of National Council Commences

Posted on : 15 June 2018
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NC conducts its 1st Press Conference for the third tenure

Posted on : 14 June 2018
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The house convenes its 3rd plenary meeting

Posted on : 14 June 2018
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His Holiness the Je Khenpo granted an audience

Posted on : 14 June 2018
14 June 2018: His Holiness the Je Khenpo granted an audience to the Honorable Chairperson, the Honorable members, Secretary General and the staff of the National Council today at Trashichhodzong in Thimphu.....

Plenary meeting

Posted on : 12 June 2018
12 June 2018: The House convened its second plenary meeting to discuss on the disputed clauses of the Audit Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2017. The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council. The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee presented the background of the Audit Bill and the amendment clauses proposed by both the Houses (National Council and National Assembly). He informed the House…....

Good Governance Committee Meeting

Posted on : 11 June 2018
June 11 ,2018, Thimphu: Good Governance Committee meets the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) on the ACC’s Annual Report 2017 The Good Governance Committee of the National Council conducted a consultative meeting with the Anti Corruption Commission on the Anti Corruption Annual Report 2017. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairperson and Hon’ble members of the National Council, and Hon’ble Chairperson, Commissioners and Officials of the ACC. In the meeting, the ACC presented…....

Hon. Members offer kurim

Posted on : 11 June 2018
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Thematic session concludes with the Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs

Posted on : 08 June 2018
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Thematic session with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on : 07 June 2018
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Thematic Session on Sustainable Developments Goals

Posted on : 06 June 2018
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Thematic Session with the Royal Court of Justice and Gross National Happiness Commission

Posted on : 05 June 2018
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Thematic session organized by the Secretariat in collaboration with the UNDP for the Hon'ble Members begins

Posted on : 04 June 2018
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Hon'ble Members visit Punakha Dzong

Posted on : 03 June 2018
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The Chairperson meets with the Speaker

Posted on : 01 June 2018
1 June 2018 Thimphu, 10 A.M ; The Chairperson of the National Council held a meeting with Speaker of the National Assembly to discuss on the Agenda of the Parliament. The Speaker cordially welcomed and congratulated the Chairperson and the members for being elected for the 3rd National Council. During the meeting the discussion revolved on the agenda of the upcoming session of the National Council & National Assembly, Joint…....

Joining of Office by Hon. Thrizin

Posted on : 31 May 2018
After the ceremonial of the Dhar for the National Council members day before yesterday, Honorable Thrizin Tashi Dorji joined the Office this morning with an offering of Marchang. Members led by Deputy Chairperson and Secretariat staff led by Secretary General received the Chairperson. ​The session ended by offering Thridhar by the Hon. Members and Secretariat staff.....

Dakyen Tendril for the National Council Members

Posted on : 30 May 2018
29 May 2018, Thimphu: Coinciding with the Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, His Majesty The King granted Dhar to the members of the National Council. The ceremony was also graced by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and the families of the NC members. Courtesy: His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck....

Three days workshop for the members of National Council

Posted on : 23 May 2018
The members of the National Council attended a three-day workshop on the theme “Understanding the Fundamentals of Macroeconomics and the National Budget” starting from 20th-23rd May 2018. The workshop was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. Mr Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Bhutan addressed the opening session. He provided a broad overview of the economic opportunities and challenges facing Bhutan and also…....

Orientation Programme Concludes

Posted on : 17 May 2018
The two days orientation programme to the Honorable members concluded on 17th May 2018. During the programme, the members sought clarification on various issues and also provided directive and suggestion to further strengthen the working of the Secretariat Staff. The presentations give an overview on the responsibilities, Decorum and Privileges of Member, Guidelines for Ex-country travels and Nomination procedure, National Council's Media Strategy, Privileges and Entitlements and Screening Procedure of…....

Orientation Programme for the Honorable Members

Posted on : 16 May 2018
The two days orientation programme for the Honorable members started on 16 May 2018 on Administrative, Managerial, and Rules of Procedure in the Plenary Hall. The programme was organized by the Secretariat to share their experience and current practices carried out by the secretariat staff in assisting the Honorable members while carrying out their mandates. The presentation were on Parliamentary devices, proceeding of the House, Committees in the National Council…....

First Plenary Session of the 3rd Plenary

Posted on : 15 May 2018
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Oath of Secrecy

Posted on : 14 May 2018
Oath of Secrecy As per the Rules of Procedure, the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the National Council took the Oath or Affirmation of Secrecy on 14th May 2018 administered by the Chief Justice.....

National Council elects its Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 10 May 2018
In the first sitting of the 3rd National Council, Hon’ble Member Tashi Dorji, Wangdue Phrodrang Dzongkhag was elected as the Chairperson securing "11" votes and Hon’ble Member Jigme Wangchuk, Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag as the Deputy Chairperson obtaining "13" votes. Both of them served as member of the National Council in the second tenure. A total of six members contested for the post of Chairperson and three for the Deputy Chairperson.…....

Nomination of Candidates for Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 09 May 2018
9th May 2018: Nomination of Candidates for Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson As prescribed in the National Council Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008 (Consolidated), the Honorable Members of the 3rd National Council submitted their Certification of Election to the Secretary General earlier today. The members also submitted the nominees for the post of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. After the submission of the certificate, the Secretary General and the Director…....

Completions of the 2nd Tenure of NC

Posted on : 09 May 2018
9th May 2018: Completions of the 2nd Tenure of NC With the completion of the 2nd tenure of the National Council a symbolic demission of office took place in front of the National Council Hall by the Honorable Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and the members today.....

A parting note from the Spokesperson of the House, the Deputy Chairperson Hon. Tshering Dorji

Posted on : 08 May 2018
A parting note from the Spokesperson of the House, the Deputy Chairperson Hon. Tshering Dorji &quot A very Good Morning to all the Hon'ble colleagues and the staff of the National Council(NC). As they say it is not how you start but how you end your task that matters. Our work as a team for the last so many years has not only impressed the public at large but even…....

Briefing Session

Posted on : 23 April 2018
On 23rd of April a briefing session was conducted to the members-elect of the third term of the National Council of Bhutan by Honorable Chairperson and Secretary General....

Interactive Session with Thai-delegate

Posted on : 10 April 2018
The Secretary Generals, Directors and officials of National Council and National Assembly met with the Thai-delegate from the KPI for an interactive session today in the Raven Lounge. Extending their warm welcome to the delegation, the discussion generally focused on the possible areas to collaborate with the KPI to strengthen the capacity of the new members and the secretariat staff of the Parliament. Expressing his appreciation for the hosting the…....

Courtesy Call on to the Chairperson

Posted on : 09 April 2018
On the courteous invitation of His Excellency Lynpo Dasho (Dr.) Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of the National Council, a seven-member delegation led by His Excellency Prof. Woothisarn Tanchai, Secretary General from KPI arrived earlier this morning. Later in the afternoon, the delegation paid a courtesy call on to the Chairperson in the Raven Lounge. Cordially welcoming the delegation, the Chairperson extended his sincere appreciation for considering the invitation for the visit.…....

138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted on : 04 April 2018
A ten member joint delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan returned back on 31st March 2018 after attending the 138th session of the Inter parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva from 24-28 March 2018. Hon'ble Tshogpoen Jigme Zangpo accompanied by Hon. Thrizin led the delegation. The Hon. Tshogpoen addressed the Assembly during the General debate on the theme “strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: the need for evidence-based…....

NC public debates organised by BBS and ECB

Posted on : 03 April 2018
With only 16 days to go for the National Council election, we are sharing the public debates organised by BBS and ECB. Click on the following links to watch the debates 1 Lhuentse - https://youtu.be/lPy6jWXhVb8 2 Samtse - https://youtu.be/RebJU0XzK0k 3 Bumthang - https://youtu.be/G7ONdYv5Mvs 4. Mongar - https://youtu.be/9cxZtumk4s0 5. Chukha - https://youtu.be/etVxJgbOeOU 6. Trongsa - https://youtu.be/qLDlndRFPe4 7. Trashiyangtse - https://youtu.be/U4gEw4XvIXk 8. Haa - https://youtu.be/CYng0MnH-rE 9. Zhemgang - https://youtu.be/HoVhahOBz1w 10. Trashigang -…....

Buelwa Offering

Posted on : 21 February 2018
In celebration of His Majesty’s Birthday, the National Council Members led by the Chairperson offered the customary buelwa at the on-going Goenwang Drubchen at Punakha Dzong today along with Zhung Dratshang, Dzongkhag Administration, students and the people, The buelwa was traditionally offered both during Lhamoi Drubchen at Thimphu and Goenwang Drubchen at Punakha to thank the Dratshang for propitiating our guardian deities. This buelwa is not the same as the…....

Code of Compliance for Members of National Council Contesting Re-Elections

Posted on : 20 February 2018
In order to uphold the legal provisions and also commit to the spirit of free and fair elections, the National Council voluntarily formulated and adopted on its own the Code of Compliance for Members of National Council Contesting Re-Elections during its 56th plenary meeting held on 19th February 2018. Click to download /assets/uploads/files/Code of Compliance.pdf....

56th Plenary

Posted on : 19 February 2018
Presided over by the Chairperson, the Honorable members convened its 56th plenary in the Conference Hall today. The meeting was conducted with the sole purpose to commit to free and fair upcoming NC election and prepare for smooth transition into the third tenure of the National Council. Being in the formative stage of democracy, the members agreed that it is very important for the current members who are re-contesting in…....

the Parliament of Bhutan released three documents and launched the online KOHA library system

Posted on : 05 February 2018
Coinciding with the 2nd birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuk, the Parliament of Bhutan released three documents and launched the online KOHA library system in the National Assembly Conference Hall today. The documents namely the Parliament Committee Manual 2017, Parliamentary Oversight Manual 2017, the Parliament Committee Manual and the Annual Report of National Assembly of Bhutan for FY 2016-17 were launched with an aim to…....

Constituency Visit

Posted on : 13 January 2018
After accompanying three days visit of His Eminence Tsugla Lopoen Rinpoche to Rangtse under Gakiling Gewog, Hon. Member Tshering Dorji, the Deputy Chairperson of National Council started his constituency visit to lower Haa by meeting with the people of Thongthokha and Dremi-Ngatse yesterday. He thanked the people for their full participation in the preparation of the 110th National Day and His Majesty's visit to lower Haa as informed during his…....

Workshop on strengthening and capacity building of Secretariat

Posted on : 11 January 2018
A two-day workshop was carried out on Strengthening and capacity building of the secretariat from 10th-11th January 2018 at Phuntsholing. It was conducted with an objective to enhance the capacity of the staff for institutional building. During the workshop, the officials from respective division presented on the various roles and responsibilities carried out in delivering their secretarial supports to fulfill the mandate of the institution. Furthermore, various recommendations proposed were…....

Workshop on Dzongkha Development and Promotion

Posted on : 08 January 2018
The Chairperson of the National Council graced the opening ceremony of the two days workshop on Dzongkha Development and Promotion conducted in Phuentsholing from 8th - 9th January 2018. The workshop was convened as part of advocacy programme to the officials on the importance of the plans and policies on National Language Dzongkha. Expressing the importance of the workshop, the Chairperson shared his ideas focused on the outcome of the…....

One Day Advocacy Session on the Role of the National Council (NC)

Posted on : 19 December 2017
A day long advocacy session on the Role of the National Council of Bhutan was conducted today at Phuentsholing Middle Secondary School. A total of about 170 teachers from six schools under Phuentsholing Thromde attended the session. The advocacy session was aimed to enhance the knowledge of the teachers on the Role of the National Council of Bhutan. Honorable Nima from Bumthang presented on the Roles of the Parliament where…....

Review on Strategic Plan of the House

Posted on : 13 December 2017
Led by the Deputy Chairperson, a team of five Members of Parliament, the Director and officials from the secretariat of the National Council attended a workshop to review the Strategic Plan of the House today at Le Meridian. The Deputy Resident Representative of UN, Ms. Niamh Collier-Smith was also present. Mr. George Crawford a UN consultant has been studying the current system of the Parliament for last few months and…....

Kadrin Tangra

Posted on : 08 December 2017
The members led by the Chairperson visited Dechen phug Monastery and Tashichho dzong to offer "Kadrin Tangra" for successful completion of the 20th Session of the National Council after the session yesterday.....

Press Conference on the Resolution passed in 20th Session

Posted on : 08 December 2017
The Deputy Chairperson conducted a press conference on the resolution passed by the House in the 20th Session. The Hon. Tshering Dorji, Deputy Chairperson thanked the media for informing the public of the proceedings and the resolutions of the house. He informed that the last session deliberated six legislative issues, four policy related issues and public accounts reports in the joint session. The House endorsed the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering…....

20th Session Concludes

Posted on : 07 December 2017
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14th Sitting: Follow-up on Cultural Issues and Any Other Businesses

Posted on : 04 December 2017
The members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee presented the follow-up report received from the concern ministries and agencies on the resolution passed by the House in the last session on the cultural issues. The House also passed two motion on issues pertaining to leave encashment to LG members; and omission of budget allocated for black-topping of Chuzomsa-Baylandra road in Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag. A total of twenty-six recommendations were…....

The NC rejects the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on : 02 December 2017
In the 13th sitting of the National Council, the members voted against the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Money Bill). Of the 20 members present, 5 members voted “Yes”, 12 members voted “No” and 3 voted “Abstain”. The Bill will be forwarded to the National Assembly with the grounds for rejecting the Money Bill by tomorrow. Before, introducing the Bill, the Hon. Chairperson informed the urgency of deliberating…....

12th Sitting

Posted on : 01 December 2017
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11th Sitting

Posted on : 30 November 2017
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Committee Meeting on Narcotic Drug, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (NDPSSA) Bill 2017

Posted on : 29 November 2017
Earlier today, the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) of the National Council conducted meeting with the Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority, Drug Regulatory Authority, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital and the Royal Bhutan Authority on the Narcotic Drug, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (NDPSSA) Bill 2017. Besides the members of the Committee, a total of nine officials representing agencies, members and secretariat staff of the NC participated in the…....

9th Sitting

Posted on : 28 November 2017
The House unanimously adopted the recommendations on Legal Aid to Indigent Person, Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017, and Information, Communication & Media Bill 2017 today. Presenting the final report, the Hon. Sangay Khandu (Samtse), Chairperson of Legislative Committee (LC) reported on the in-house meeting conducted by the LC with concern members on the Leal Aid to Indigent Person to resolve the issues raised by the members.…....

Review Report on Government to Citizen Service

Posted on : 27 November 2017
The Special Committee comprising of members from the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC), Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC), and Hon. Member Phuntsho Rapten was tasked to review the Access to and use of Government to Citizen (G2C) Services. The Committee presented a comprehensive review report for deliberation in the 8th sitting today. Hon. Jigme Rinzin, Chairperson of the Special Committee and members presented the overview of the report…....
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