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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…....

Question Hour Session

Posted on : 25 November 2017
Yesterday afternoon , the first question hour of the session was conducted with the Lyonpo Dasho Dorji Choden, Minister for Ministry of Work and Human Settlement on the limited technical and Human Capacity of Local Government. Cordially welcoming the Hon. Minister and official accompanying her, the Hon. Chairperson of the National Council expressed his gratitude to the Minister for dutifully attending the Question time in the National Council and provide…....

Deliberation on the Review Report on Legal Aid to Indigent Person

Posted on : 24 November 2017
The 7th Sitting of the National Council (NC) deliberated on the Review Report on Legal Aid to Indigent Person presented by the Legislative Committee (LC). After discussing the issue several times in the past sessions, the NC in its strategic workshop held at Paro from June 25-26, 2017 decided to task the LC to do a comprehensive review on the issue. The members of the LC presented the review report…....

Ratification of the Multilateral Agreement for the establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries

Posted on : 23 November 2017
The National Council session resumed after two days of recess during which the respective committees and concern members conducted an in-house meeting with the relevant agencies in preparation for the final report on the two legislative bills which were discussed the previous week. Today the National Council ratified the Multilateral Agreement for the establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries. The Agreement was introduced by the Hon.…....

3rd Sitting: Introduction and deliberation of Information Communications and Media Bill of Bhutan 201

Posted on : 20 November 2017
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2nd Sitting; Deliberation on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017

Posted on : 17 November 2017
The Hon. Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Minister for the Ministry of Finance introduced the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 in the 2nd sitting of the National Council of Bhutan today. The Hon. Chairperson of the National Council cordially welcomed the Minister of Finance and officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission and Royal Monetary Authority. He expressed his appreciation to Lyonpo for the absolute support rendered in making his…....

Opening of 20th Session of National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 16 November 2017
The 20th Session of the National Council began today with a Marchang ceremony followed by the opening address of the Hon. Chairperson. The concerned members also presented the follow-up reports on the resolution of 19th session of the National Council of Bhutan. In his opening address, the Hon. Chairperson, on behalf of the house, expressed deepest gratitude to Their Majesties on the recent Royal Visit to India, which has further…....

Soelkha Offering

Posted on : 15 November 2017
The members led by the Hon. Chairperson of the National Council visited Dechenphu Lhakhang and Tashichhong Dzong to propetiate the Deities for smooth conduct of the 20th session of the National Council. This is a customary practise, which is widely participated by the Hon. members, Secretary General and representatives from the NC secretariat. The 20th session of NC will begin tomorrow and tentatively conclude on 7th December, 2017....

55th Plenary Session of the NC continued this morning.

Posted on : 14 November 2017
The Hon. Jigmi Rinzin, Chairperson of the Special Committee jointly constituted by the Hon. Member Phuntsho Rabten, members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee and Natural Resources & Environment Committee presented the observations and possible recommendations of the study report on G2C service conducted by the research unit of the National Council. The plenary directed the committee to look into the comments raised by the members and get ready…....

Press Conference on Opening of 20th Session

Posted on : 13 November 2017
A Press Conference on the Agenda of the 20th session of the National Council was held yesterday afternoon. The Deputy Chairperson, who is the Media Spokesperson of the National Council announced that the 20th session of the National Council will commence on 16th November 2017. He said that the upcoming session will be the last session for this term of the National Council. He further reported that the session will…....

The 55th Plenary Session of NC

Posted on : 07 November 2017
The 55th plenary convened with the Honorable Thrizin welcoming the members from their constituency visit and emphasized the importance of representational role of each members by staying in touch with the contituents. During the two-day plenary conducted on the 6th and 7th November 2017, the Social and Cultural Affairs committee was asked to seek the views from Supreme Court on the issue related to Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substance Abuse Act…....

G2C Services Research Report

Posted on : 02 November 2017
Today, Ad hoc Committee on 'Assessment on Access and Use of G2C Services' comprising members of Social and Cultural Affairs Committee and Natural Resources and Environment Committee convened a meeting to discuss on data gathered and findings on the G2C services based on the research conducted in September-October 2017. Hon'ble Phuntsho Rapten is also a member of the Ad hoc Committee. The overall research focuses on public awareness of G2C…....

Parliamentary Delegation at European Parliament in Brussels

Posted on : 24 October 2017
On the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly, led a parliamentary delegation comprising of members from both the National Assembly and the National Council on an official visit to the European Parliament in Brussels from 17 to 19 October 2017. During the visit, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo met Mr. Tajani, President of the European Parliament and…....

Delegation from the Parliament participates in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Posted on : 20 October 2017
A Thirteen member delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan led by Honorable (Dr) Dasho Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan attended the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly at St. Petersburg, Russia from 14th -18th October. The theme of this years debate is ‘Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue’. During the Assembly, the members participated in different forums such as those of women, youth…....

Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 10 October 2017
On 10th October 2017 the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) members along with officials from Royal Audit Authority had a consultative meeting with the Management of Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) with regard to Performance Audit Report on FCBL. PAC will present six Performance Audit Reports along with Annual Audit Report 2016 in the upcoming Parliament session.....

Delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan attends 1st Asian Parliamentary Assembly Executive Council Meeting

Posted on : 02 October 2017
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Foreign Relations Committee Meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on : 08 September 2017
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Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development in Bali, Indonesia

Posted on : 06 September 2017
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Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) commences

Posted on : 31 August 2017
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54th Plenary

Posted on : 29 August 2017
The National Council convened its 54th plenary session on 28th August 2017. The Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan officially announced that the 20th Session of the National Council is scheduled to be held from 15th November 2017. The plenary was convened to update the House on the progress review reports of the various committees and provided necessary comments and discussion to refine the report. Further, the briefing from…....

The Parliament of Bhutan to host the Asian Parliamentary Assembly on Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs Committee

Posted on : 24 August 2017
In the press conference held on 24th August 2017, Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly announced that the Parliament of Bhutan will host the APA Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs. The three day meeting is scheduled from 31st August to 2nd September, 2017 at the Convention Center. As of now, 92 high level delegates from 20 countries have confirmed to participate in the event. The Hon. Speaker…....

Legislative Committee’s consultative meetings with private lawyers on Legal Aid to Indigent Person

Posted on : 22 August 2017
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Economic Affairs Committee of National Council met with Good Governance Committee of National Assembly on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017

Posted on : 17 August 2017
The Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council and the Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly met today to discuss the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017. It was chaired by Hon. Member Sangay Khandu (Gasa), the chair of the Economic Affairs Committee. The day long meeting saw discussions touch the intent of the policy and legislation, structuring of the legislation, implementation vessels and their compositions…....

The Good Governance Committee of National Council and the Legislative Committee of National Assembly on Bhutan Information, Communication and Media (BICM) Bill 2017

Posted on : 16 August 2017
Today, the Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council of Bhutan conducted a consultative meeting with the Legislative Committee of the National Assembly (NA) on the amendment of BICM Bill 2017 at the Plenary Hall. Providing the list of meeting organized by the Committee, the Committee Chairperson of GGC Hon. Member Tharchen (Trongsa) reported that so far the Committee had consulted about fourteen stakeholders and would conduct a final…....

G2C Initiative Presentation

Posted on : 14 August 2017
The Social & Cultural Affairs Committee and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee organized a presentation by the Public Services & Grievances Redressal Division (PSGRD), Cabinet Secretariat on “G2C Initiative” in the Plenary Hall today. Five officials from the PSGRD, Hon’ble Members and Assistant Research Officer from the National Council attended the presentation. The House had directed the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee…....

Half-day Session on Google Apps

Posted on : 10 August 2017
Two officials from the Department of Information Technology and Telecom conducted a half-day training session on google suite for the Secretariat Staff today. The training was conducted to enable the secretariat staff to use the google suite efficiently so that the use of paper is reduced. The Royal Government of Bhutan launched the e-Government Master plan earlier in 2014, making major public policy shift from Government to e-Government. This requires…....

Economic Affairs Committee on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Bill 2017 with Royal Monetary Authority (RMA)

Posted on : 09 August 2017
The members of the EAC met with the Governor and officials of the Royal Monetary Authority yesterday afternoon. The meeting was basically to seek clarification related to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017. Amongst others, in-depth discussion took place on the Bill pertaining to the need of having proper hierarchy, functioning of the Financial Intelligence Department (FID) and National Coordination Committee (NCC), legal intent for granting…....

The House Committee convened its 59th Committee

Posted on : 09 August 2017
The House Committee convened its 59th Committee meeting today at National Council Conference hall to review the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the standing committees of the National Council, during which the Committee Secretaries of seven standing committees presented their ToR prepared by the respective committees. After extensive discussion on the ToR of each Committee, the House Committee consolidated a final draft as per the decision of the last plenary.....

Members Offering Ku-Sung- Thug-Ten Mendrel

Posted on : 07 August 2017
Today, led by the Deputy Chairperson, the members of the National Council offered Ku-Sung-Thug-Ten Mendrel to His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo Tulku Jigme Choedra Rinpoche at the oral transmission of Kanjur. The event started from 2nd August 2017 at the Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu. And it is expected to continue before the Central Monastic Body (Zhung Geyduen Dratshang) leaves for their winter residence at Punakha.....

Committees: Work in Progress

Posted on : 03 August 2017
After the 53rd Plenary conducted last week, the committees of the National Council have been conducting series of consultative meeting with various ministries and agencies. Today the Economic Affairs Committee convened its meeting with Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) to discuss on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017. A comprehensive discussion took place on the Bill with a presentation by the officials from the RMA. On 31st…....

Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh calls on the Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 01 August 2017
His Excellency Fazle Rabbi Miah, Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh made a courtesy call on the Hon’ble Chairperson today. Cordially welcoming His Excellency & the delegation, the Hon’ble Chairperson acknowledged the Bangladesh Embassy for valuable support in designing the office structure of the National Council. The Chairperson also briefly provided an overview of the functioning of the committees of the National Council. Expressing his gratitude to Bhutan for recognizing Bangladesh as…....

Legislative Committee’s Consultative Meeting with Bhutan National Legal Institute on Legal Aid to Indigent Person

Posted on : 12 July 2017
The Legislative Committee (LC) continued its third consultative meeting on the “Policy Review of Legal Aid to Indigent Person” with the Drangpoens from the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) today. The Drangpoens from BNLI shared that though the State provides annual budget for legal aid and that different laws have different provisions concerning legal aid, no agency has been identified/authorized by any of the existing laws with the responsibility for…....

Presentations on the Annual Audit Report 2016

Posted on : 07 July 2017
The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) made a presentations on the Annual Audit Report 2016 to the members of the both the Houses at the National Assembly Conference Hall today. The presentation also included six reports such as; - Performance Audit report of Tourism Sector - Performance Audit of Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd. - Performance Audit on Employment Generation and Promotion Initiatives - Performance Audit Report on Provision of Patient…....

Legislative Committee (LC) starts Consultative Meeting

Posted on : 05 July 2017
The LC conducted its first consultative meeting on the “ Policy Review of Legal Aid to Indigent Person” with the officials from the Office of Attorney General (OAG) today. The meeting was held to have a clear understanding on the role of OAG in institutionalizing the provision of legal aid to indigent person. The overall discussion revolved on the need to have a proper procedure/guideline pertaining to provision of legal…....

Committees Elects Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 30 June 2017
In a recent meeting held by the Economic Affairs Committee, the members unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Sangay Khandu (Gasa) as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Member Pema Tenzin (Chhukha) as the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee. The former Chairperson of the Economic Affairs Committee, Hon’ble Sonam Dorji (Dagana) served as the Chairperson for one year. Similarly the members of the Foreign Relations Committee unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Kaka Tshering (Paro) as…....

Public Accounts Committee Elects Chairperson

Posted on : 29 June 2017
In a meeting held yesterday morning, Hon’ble Member Tashi Dorji from the National Council was elected as the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) with Hon’ble Member Karma Tenzin from the National Assembly as the Deputy Chairperson. PAC is a Joint Committee of the Parliament and consist members from both the House. Likewise, in a recent meeting conducted by the Foreign Relations Committee, the Committee members unanimously elected Hon’ble…....

Changes in the Committee Chairpersons

Posted on : 28 June 2017
In the 60th Legislative Committee meeting held on 28th June 2017, the Committee members unanimously elected Hon'ble Sangay Khandu (Samtse) as Chairperson and Hon'ble Karma Tshering as Dy. Chairperson of the Committee. Similarly, in the 42nd meeting held on 15th June 2017 by Good Governance Committee, Hon’ble Tharchen and Hon’ble Kamal Bdr. Gurung was unanimously elected as the Chairperson and the Dy. Chairperson of the Committee.....

NC Members complete Reflection Workshop

Posted on : 25 June 2017
The members conducted its reflection on the 19th session of the National Council starting yesterday. The exercise was carried out to reflect on the last session and review the outcome of the National Council to come up with way forward. The reflection session is held for three days from 24th – 26th June 2017. So far the House has conducted a total of three reflection sessions. During the three days…....

19th Session concluding Press Conference

Posted on : 20 June 2017
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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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