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19th Session Concludes

Posted on : 19 June 2017
The 19th Session of the National Council concluded today with the offering of Trashi Moenlam. The closing ceremony was graced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Speaker, the Health Minister and the Deputy Speaker. For the concluding remarks please visit http://www.nationalcouncil.bt/assets/uploadav/19th Session Closing Remarks.mp4....

NC offers Tangra

Posted on : 16 June 2017
NC members at Dechenphu Lhakhang this morning to offer tangra for the successful conclusion of our business sittings. The conclusion ceremony will be held on Monday afternoon - 19th June.....

Joint Sitting endorses nine of eleven recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 14 June 2017
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Public Accounts Committee presents its report to the Joint Sitting of Parliament

Posted on : 13 June 2017
The Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) who is also the Member from Kabji-Talo constituency presented the performance audit reports to the joint sitting of parliament today. The report was presented after the Royal Kasho for convention of the joint sitting was read out by the Secretary General of the National Assembly in the House. The report consists of two chapters on the review of the performance audit reports…....

Continuation with the Deliberations on National Budget, Financial Year 2017-18

Posted on : 07 June 2017
The members extensively deliberated on the Fiscal Incentives Bill of Bhutan 2016 which is a background document under the Tax measure. The Government based on the revised Economic Development Policy (EDP) a comprehensive package Fiscal Incentives 2016 has been initiated mainly to stimulated economic growth, foster private sector development and generate employment. The members pointed out concerns regarding the - Fiscal Incentives Bill not in line with objectives and principle…....

Presentation of National Budget for the Financial Year 2017-18

Posted on : 06 June 2017
On Tuesday, the 6th of June, the Hon’ble Finance Minister presented the National Budget for the Financial Year 2017-18 which includes Budget and Appropriation Bill 2017-2018, Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2016-17 and Fiscal Incentives Bill of Bhutan 2017. In his introductory remarks the Minister said that since it is the last Financial Year (FY) of the 11th. Plan, he said that during the financial year 2017-18…....

18th Sitting Continues deliberation on Third Pay Commission Report

Posted on : 05 June 2017
Before proceeding with the formal session, the Chairperson remarked that coinciding with the auspicious day of the month, the Kingdom celebrated the Birth Anniversary of our beloved Royal Highness Gyaltsuen with the inauguration of the 3rd Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition at the National Memorial Chorten yesterday. The Chairperson reminded on the importance and significance of organizing the Royal Flower show. Further, on behalf of the National Council he offered our…....

Presentation and Deliberation on the Third Pay Commission Report

Posted on : 02 June 2017
Earlier today, the Minister for Finance presented the Third Pay Commission Report to the House followed by the question time with the Minister for Agriculture and Forest in the afternoon. Presenting the report, the Hon’ble Minister highlighted on the objective of constituting of the Third Pay Commission which was to examine and recommend pay revision, allowances and benefit of LG members. He said that the Pay Commission after determining the…....

Adoptions of the recommendations

Posted on : 29 May 2017
The 16th sitting of the House unanimously adopted the final recommendations submitted by the relevant committees on the Annual Anti-Corruption Report 2016, Cultural Heritage and Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017. The National Council debated on the Annual Anti-Corruption Report on 17th May 2017 in the House. As directed by the House, the Good Governance Committee conducted an in-house meeting with the concern members on the disputed sections and prepared the…....

11th Sitting of House deliberates on Review Report of Cultural Heritage

Posted on : 22 May 2017
The House deliberated on the review report of Cultural Heritage submitted by the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee. Emanating with the vision of His Majesty the Fourth King and His Majesty the King on the centrality of our cultural for our national identity and for survival as a sovereign country, the Chairperson expressed that the National Council has identified the cultural heritage as the essential embodiment of the country’s sovereignty…....

NC celebrates the winning of the Annual Website Competition 2016-17

Posted on : 19 May 2017
The Hon'ble Chairperson, Hon'ble Members and the Secretariat staff hosted a small cake cutting ceremony after receiving first prize during the Annual Website Competition 2016-17. The competition was organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications & prizes were awarded coinciding with the World Telecommunications Day on May 17, 2017. A total of 118 websites were evaluated for the contest. In the last competition, the National Council was awarded the…....

Question Time with the Hon’ble Minister for Education

Posted on : 19 May 2017
The House conducted the question hour session with the Minister for Education. The questions were related to responses received from the Ministry on the recommendations provided by the House during its 18th session on the issues related to education. Welcoming the Minster for Education on behalf of the National Council for the Question Hour Session, the Chairperson expressed his gratitude to the Ministry for it continued support in responding to…....

Presentation and deliberation on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Report 2016

Posted on : 17 May 2017
The House deliberated on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Report 2016 to the House followed by the first Question Hour Session of the 19th Session with the Prime Minister on Tourism policy and legislation and Minister of Home & Cultural Affairs on the foreign workers and illegal immigration. Before proceeding with the business of the day, the Chairperson of the National Council on behalf of the House expressed his gratitude…....

Performance Audit Report on Tourism Sector will be deliberated in the Joint Sitting

Posted on : 15 May 2017
In the 6th sitting of the National Council, the Hon’ble Sangay Khandu, Deputy Chairperson of the Economic Affairs Committee presented the background note on Performance Audit report on Tourism Sector which was submitted by the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) prior to the commencement of 19th session of NC. Presenting the report, he said that the RAA's findings and recommendations on the Performance Audit Report on Tourism sector were similar to…....

National Council (NC) ratifies two International Agreements

Posted on : 12 May 2017
In the morning session, the NC unanimously ratified the Paris Agreement and the Trade, Commerce and Transit between the Royal Government of Bhutan and Government of Republic of India. As per the procedure, the Paris Agreement, was presented by the Minister of Agriculture and Forest covering an overview of the Final National Interest Analysis which outlines the benefit, obligations , implementation, comparison from Kyoto Protocol and cost implication as a…....

NC Continues to Deliberate on the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on : 11 May 2017
The fourth sitting of the National Council continued with the deliberation of the Audit Bill of Bhutan today on the recommendations given by the Legislative Committee. In-depth deliberation took place pertaining to the Power of Authority particularly under section (68), sub-section (16) and (17) on the authority of fixing accountability on individuals responsible or those collectively responsible for the irregularities. While the Committee proposal state that the Royal Audit Authority…....

Introduction of Audit Bill of Bhutan 2016

Posted on : 10 May 2017
During the third sitting of the National Council, the Legislative Committee of the National Council introduced the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017 to the House followed by a deliberation on the Bill. “The National Council of Bhutan since its establishment in 2008 has introduced 16 bills which include three Private Members’ Bill; the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2016 is one amongst the three. Therefore, unlike the Government Bill introduced by…....

Follow-up Report on the 18th session resolutions concludes

Posted on : 09 May 2017
The presentation on follow up report on the 18th session resolutions concluded today with Good Governance Committee (GGC) presenting on Public Procurement System and Social and Culture Affairs Committee (SCAC) on Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Abuse against children and Sexual Harassment. Presenting on the Public Procurement System, the GGC Chairperson reported that although the responses received from the Ministry of Finance and the Bhutan Standard Bureau were fulfilling, there were few…....

Opening of the 19th Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 08 May 2017
The opening ceremony of the National Council commenced with the marching ceremony followed by an opening address by the Hon’ble Chairperson. Cordially welcoming the Hon'ble Prime Minister, the Health Minister and other officials for attending the opening ceremony, the Chairperson in his opening statement, attributed the continued success of the past sessions of the National Council due to the unprecedented guidance and blessings of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. Further,…....

His Majesty the King graced the opening ceremony of the 9th Session of the Parliament

Posted on : 03 May 2017
His Majesty the King graced the opening ceremony of the 9th Session of the Parliament today. The ceremony began with the grand Chibdrel procession and Zhugdrel Phuensum Tshogpai. Apart from the Members of the Parliament, the members of the Royal Family, representatives from the monastic body, senior government officials, diplomats, students and the general public were also present. The ceremony concluded with the address of the Hon'ble Speaker of Parliament.....

49th Plenary

Posted on : 02 May 2017
The National Council convened its 49th plenary on 2nd May, 2017 to report on the working of the committees in preparation for the 19th session. The Legislative Committee of the National Council who are members of the Joint Committees on Customs Bill and BBIN updated the Plenary on the progress of works of the Joint Committees on these deputed bills as per the legislative rules of procedure the Joint Committee…....

Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Posted on : 02 May 2017
Hon'ble Thrizin, Hon'ble Members as well as secretariat staff of the National Council offered a thousand butterlamps at the Memorial Chorten today on the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1929-1972). During his twenty year reign that ended in June 1972, His Majesty not only brought about major political and social reforms in the country but also further consolidated Bhutan's sovereignty and security. Known…....

NC members offers Kurim

Posted on : 01 May 2017
Led by the Chairperson, the members and secretariat staff of the National Council went to offer kurim for the upcoming 19th session. Before the start of each session, members go to Dechenphug monastery and Trashichhodzong to offer their prayers.....

Press Conference on the Agenda of the 19th Session

Posted on : 24 April 2017
The Deputy Chairperson, Tshering Dorji, who is also the Spokesperson of the National Council officially announced the agenda for the 19th Session of the National Council in the Press Conference dated 24th April, 2016. The opening ceremony of the 19th Session of the National Council of Bhutan shall be on 11th May, 2017 after the Joint Sitting of Parliament. The business of the 19th session will begin with deliberation on…....

FRC meets Department of Trade

Posted on : 21 April 2017
FRC meets Department of Trade to discuss Agreement of the Trade, Commerce and Transit between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the Republic of India for ratification. The Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) conducted it first meeting with the officials from the Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs on the Agreement of the Trade, Commerce and Transit between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of…....

Good Governance Committee (GGC) conducted a Committee Hearing with the RCSC

Posted on : 20 April 2017
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Welcome to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Posted on : 19 April 2017
The National Council of Bhutan would like to cordially welcome Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh to Bhutan. We value and appreciate the close ties the two countries shares, further, with the visit of Your Excellency, the existing friendship ties will further strengthen and broaden. We wish Your Excellency a very happy and fruitful visit. Tashi Delek....

Presentation on ACC Report 2016

Posted on : 19 April 2017
Team of eight officials led by the Chairperson from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) presented the ACC report 2016 to the Good Governance Committee of the National Council (NC) yesterday. Interested members, the Secretary General and officials from NC also participated in the presentation. Aum Kinley Yangzom, Chairperson of the ACC expressed her gratitude to the Parliament and the Committee for supporting the Commission especially on human resources and the budget…....

Nyekem Gongzhu Tshogpa on Cultural Heritage

Posted on : 14 April 2017
The Nyekem Gongzhu Tshogpa (Retired Red Scarf Dashos Association) was invited to participate in a consultative meeting on cultural heritage by the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee, National Council. The Chairman of the Nyekem Gongzhu Tshogpa, Dasho Chagyel said that the association was established in 2010 upon the command of His Majesty the King. The Association currently has 47 members and all the Dashos have served in various capacities of…....

First meeting by the Joint Committee of the Parliament on Customs Bill 2016

Posted on : 13 April 2017
Following the plenary session of the National Council last week the Joint Committee of the Parliament on Custom Bill convened for its first meeting to discuss the disputed clauses of the Bill yesterday morning. The Hon’ble Member Khandu Wangchuk of National Assembly was elected as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Tashi Phuntsho of National Council as the Deputy Chairperson of the Joint Committee. While the members were able to come into…....

46th Plenary Session

Posted on : 11 April 2017
The National Council convened its 46th plenary for last two-days from 10th-11th April 2017 at its Plenary Hall. The meeting was conducted to update on the work progress of the committees, screen constituency issues and resolve other issues pending before the house. While the draft agenda has been ready since the last session, the plenary after much deliberation also approved the final agenda for the upcoming session. To that effect,…....

Successful Conclusion of the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka

Posted on : 08 April 2017
Led by the Hon’ble Thrizin Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga, the Bhutanese Delegation consisting of members from the National Council and National Assembly and Secretariats have been participating at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) meetings at the Bangabondhu International Convention Center. April 1st: Hon’ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee participated in the day long Forum of Women Parliamentarians. Discussions focused on Gender Sensitive Parliaments, Promoting enhanced international co-operation on the SDGs, in particular…....

Second Round of Meeting with Royal Audit Authority by Legislative Committee on Audit Bill

Posted on : 07 April 2017
Legislative Committee (LC) meets with Royal Audit Authority (RAA) for the second time to present the outcome of the month long consultative meeting conducted by the Committee on draft Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017. The meeting was chaired by the LC Chairperson Hon’ble Tashi Phuntsho at the Royal Audit Conference Hall yesterday morning. Welcoming the participants the Chairperson reported that the intent of the Bill is to boost the effectiveness…....

Bhutanese delegation visits BIMSTEC

Posted on : 07 April 2017
On 7th April, Bhutanese delegation visited BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Secretariat Office in Dhaka and interacted with the Secretary General and two of the Secretariat’s Directors (Bhutanese and Bangladeshi). The Bhutanese Parliamentary delegation is the first from the member States to visit the office after its establishment in 2014. The visit provided the delegation with an opportunity to understand the various activities of…....

Vice President of German Parliament calls on the Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 06 April 2017
Her Excellency Claudia Benedikta Roth, Vice President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) paid a courtesy call to Hon'ble Tshering Dorji, the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council on 6th April, 2017. She was accompanied by three delegates from Germany. The Deputy Chairperson on behalf of the Chairperson and the members of the National Council cordially welcomed the Vice President. Her Excellency expressed heartfelt appreciation for Bhutan's efforts in leading environment…....

NREC works on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Posted on : 04 April 2017
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) conducted a meeting with the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) on the Paris Agreement today as a part of their review work.Apart from the members of the Committee, interested members of the National Council, the Secretary and an official from the NECS also participated in the meeting. Outlining the process of the Agreement, objective, background and implication on Bhutan, it was reported that…....

The NC officials completes leadership training

Posted on : 04 April 2017
The National Council Secretariat staff participated in a leadership training at Phuntsholing. The training was conducted bythe Institute for Management Studies ( IMS). Thirteen officials from the Secretariat participated in the training titled “Leadership : leading to inspire” . The training imparted skills and knowledge on leadership and how to manage conflict and build team work. The training was funded by the Government of India for a duration of five…....

IPU136 Statement of the Chairperson

Posted on : 03 April 2017
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Bhutanese Culture, TV and Films

Posted on : 02 April 2017
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee met with the President and Board members of the Bhutan Film Association (BFA) and the Bhutan Info Comm Media Authority (BICMA) Director General and officials last week. The BFA presented an overview of the contributions of the film industry towards preserving our rich cultural heritage - promoting Dzongkha, national dress and telling Bhutanese stories. Given the influence that films have on viewers, the BFA…....

Training for Assistance Research Officers

Posted on : 24 March 2017
Twenty six Research Officers and Assistant Research Officers from the National Council Secretariat are undergoing four days training from 21st -24th March 2017 at Paro. The training is on research methodology, secondary data analysis and analytical report writing. The Thuksey Research and Consultancy is conducting the training on importance of conducting research including various approaches to research and understanding on qualitative research design and their appropriateness. Further training is being…....

Cultural Heritage Crossroad

Posted on : 22 March 2017
Today, Dr. Karma Phuntsho, Founding Director of the Loden Foundation and author of ‘History of Bhutan’ met with the members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) and other members to share his views on his views of the evolution of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. Dr Karma Phuntsho explained how Bhutan smoothly transitioned from pre-Buddhism to Buddhism, however over the past few decades, with the focus on modernization and western…....

Cultural Heritage Research Report presented to SCAC

Posted on : 21 March 2017
The National Council research team presented their preliminary findings on Cultural Heritage to the members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) on 20th May 2016 in the Committee Meeting Room. For more than a month, these NC researchers travelled to all the dzongkhags interviewing dzongkhag, religious and local government leaders as well as indigenous craftsmen, performers and members of the public to discuss their views on Bhutanese Architectural…....

Legislative Committee Continues with Consultative Meeting on Audit Bill of Bhutan 2016

Posted on : 17 March 2017
The members of the Legislative Committee (LC) conducted a meeting with the officials from the Druk Holding & Investments (DHI) and some of its Companies on the Audit Bill 2016 in the Plenary Hall today. In preparation for the 19th Session of the National Council of Bhutan, the LC has been conducting series of consultative meetings with key stakeholders on the Bill as part of their review work. Apart from…....

Celebrating National Women's Day

Posted on : 08 March 2017
Celebrating the International Women's Day Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuk graced the 2nd National Conference on Women in Governance, Leadership & Politics in Bhutan with a Regional Dimension at Termalinka. Representives from Denmark, Nepal & Myanmar, Hon’ble Prime Minister, ministers, members of Parliament, political parties, local leaders, officals from government agencies, Non-Governmental Orginizations and reporters from media agencies were present during the conference. The conference was organized by the…....

First Consultative Meeting on the Audit Bill of Bhutan by the Legislative Committe

Posted on : 07 March 2017
On 7th March, the Legislative Committee held its first consultative meeting on the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2016. The meeting was attended by the officials of the Royal Audit Authority (RAA), Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance. The meeting was chaired by the Hon’ble Member from Tashi Yangtse, the current Chairperson of the Committee. After brief introduction on the rationale for proposing the Audit Bill of…....

Joint Parliamentary Delegation attends the 2017 South Asian Speakers’ Summit

Posted on : 21 February 2017
A Joint Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan attended the 2017 South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at Indore, Madhya Pradesh (India) from 18-20 February 2017. The delegation from the National Council was led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council, the Secretary General and an official. The Summit mainly aimed at follow-up on the conclusions of the first…....

National Council Culture Research Teams on Tour

Posted on : 10 January 2017
Following up on the resolutions of the 17th and 18th Session of the National Council, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) is conducting a nationwide research on the cultural heritage of Bhutan focusing on four thematic areas namely: Architectural design, Performing Arts, Local languages and Etiquette and Western uniform. Four teams comprising of eight researchers will be carrying out the research in the four regions of the country from…....

LC elects new Chairperson & Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 03 January 2017
In the 47th Legislative Committee meeting, Hon’ble Member from Tashi Yangtse was elected as the Chairperson of the Committee and Eminent Member Karma Tshering was elected as the Deputy Chairperson. The Committee was assigned to review the Audit Bill of Bhutan for the coming session of NC and the Customs Bill and BBIN for the Joint Session of the Parliament.....

NC family bids farewell to Mr. Kinley Tenzin

Posted on : 22 December 2016
Mr. Kinley Tenzin, The Deputy Chief legal Officer of the National Council has been relieved from the National Council effective from 21 December 2016 to join his new place of posting at the Office of the Attorney General as the Chief State Prosecutor. The National Council family would like to thank him for his dedicated service & contribution to the House and wishes him all success in his career.....

3 Members of the NC Fraternity receive Civil Service Awards

Posted on : 15 December 2016
The National Council family, this morning, celebrated the civil service award to Hon'ble Member Karma Tshering, Mr. Rinzin Penjore, Director and Mr. Sangay Tshering, Research Officer in recognition of their dedicated service to the Tsa Wa Sum.....
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