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Special Committee Meeting on Education

Posted on : 26 September 2016
The Special Committee for Education met today to discuss on the Report prepared by its members. The Committee discussed on key areas like Relevant Curriculum, Teacher Performance, Student Learning and Outcome, and Resources. As a part of consultative process, the Committee visited various schools including educational colleges in some of the Dzongkhags from 1st to 14th September 2016. The Committee interacted with teachers and students to discuss issues concerning education.....

SCAC conducts consultative meeting with BICMA

Posted on : 22 September 2016
Earlier this morning, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) held a consultative meeting with the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) concerning emerging social and cultural issues in the entertainment sector. Five officials led by Director General from BICMA made a comprehensive presentation about the authority covering the vision, mission, responsibilities and activities of the Authority. The presentation also included the types of licenses issued, places of entertainment and…....

Presentation on International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs)

Posted on : 21 September 2016
Officials from the Royal Audit Authority made a presentation to Council Members on International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) at the National Council Conference Hall on 21st September 2016. ISSAIs is developed by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) to promote independent and effective auditing by member Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). Bhutan is a member of INTOSAI since 1987. The RAA has embarked on implementation of ISSAIs…....

Hon'ble Members and Staff of Parliament attends talk on Buddhism

Posted on : 20 September 2016
The Hon’ble Members and staff of the Parliament, led by Hon’ble Tshogpon and Thrizin, attended a workshop on Buddhism conducted by the Institute of Mind Science, Simtokha under Zhung Dratshang. The resource person, Venerable Khenpo Sangay Khandu highlighted the spiritual heritage of the country, importance and ways to integrate the Buddhist values of peace, non-violence, compassion and tolerance in discharging our function as parliamentarians and living our lives as conscious…....

Resident Representative of UNICEF calls on Hon’ble Thrizin

Posted on : 16 September 2016
The Resident Representative of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, His Excellency Rudolf Schwek called on Hon’ble Thrizin, today. Hon’ble Thrizin extended warm welcome to His Excellency Rudolf to Bhutan. He also briefly talked on the institutional set up of the National Council. While the National Council is a small institution, he said it is striving to bring effective changes to the public through scrutiny and review of policies and…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s Stakeholder Consultation

Posted on : 15 September 2016
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee conducted a stakeholder consultation meeting today at the National Council Conference Hall on Social issues with a focus on teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment and sexual abuse for which the Committee is currently reviewing the relevant legislation, policies and programmes. Nine relevant stakeholders participated including officials from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Royal Court of Justice, Royal…....

Legislative Committee meeting to finalize the report on work assigned to Committee by the house for the 18th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 15 September 2016
The Legislative Committee met from September 13-16, 2016 in the Committee room of the National Council to finalize the work assigned to the committee by the house for the 18th session. The Committee has completed consultative meeting with various stakeholders & is in the process of compiling the report to be presented during the upcoming plenary session.....

Natural Resources & Environment Committee’s field visit to Phuntsholing

Posted on : 13 September 2016
Hon’ble Members of Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) visited Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL), Regional Revenue and Customs Office (RRCO), Ministry of Finance, and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture & Forest, offices based in Phuntsholing on 13th September 2016, as part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies. The FCBL made a presentation on the overview of FCBL, Farm shop Operation, RNR…....

Yet another advocacy program

Posted on : 12 September 2016
The Hon’ble Chairperson conducted an advocacy program for media personnel today at the Convention Centre in Langjophakha. He mentioned that the purpose of organizing such a program was mainly to clear the misconception that they had on the many aspects of NC’s structure, functions, mandates and institutional dynamics. He also said that Advocacy programs in schools and institutions, based on interests and invitations, will be a major thrust of NC's…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s Consultation with Dzongkha Development Commission

Posted on : 09 September 2016
Seven officials led by the Secretary of Dzongkha Development Commission made a presentation to the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee on local dialects earlier today, in the National Council Conference hall. The meeting was one amongst a series of stakeholder consultations reviewing cultural issues. The Secretary of DDC made a presentation on research and development of local languages, the national language policy and strategy, amongst others. It was also highlighted…....

GGC currently reviewing the public procurement system

Posted on : 09 September 2016
As resolved during the 15th Session of the National Council, the Good Governance Committee (GGC) is currently reviewing the existing public procurement system. The purpose of the review exercise is to assess the current procurement system, and identify areas that need improvement to ensure the works, goods, and services procured are of better quality and cost efficient. In order to establish a comprehensive understanding about the current procurement system, the…....

Workshop on Media Ethics

Posted on : 08 September 2016
A 2 day workshop on “Media Ethics” is being held at Namgay Heritage from yesterday. The workshop is being organized by the Department of Information & Media, Ministry of Information & Communications. Welcoming the participants to the workshop, the Hon’ble Minister for Information & Communications stated the importance of media ethics and the need to understand it in the right context. The workshop will be focused on ethics and their…....

NREC visits to Research & Development Centre, Yusipang & Bhutan Agro Industries Ltd, Serbithang

Posted on : 03 September 2016
On 2nd September 2016, the Natural Resources & Environment Committee visited Research and Development Centre, Yusipang as a part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies. The meeting was attended by the Centre for Forest science & Technology, National Potato Program and National Food testing laboratory, BAFRA based in Yusipang. All four departments made a presentation on the background, activities, mandates, goals, challenges and future plans of the organizations…....

GETTING CLOSER TO THE CLASSROOM

Posted on : 01 September 2016
Special Committee on Education of the National Council, in continuation to its review work, met teachers and students of Punakha central school and Wangduephodrang primary school today. Both these schools are from the early days of education in the country. While Wangduephodrang primary school does not have the original school building from 1955 anymore, Punakha or more popularly known as lekeythang, the academic block remains in the same building while…....

Committee's Report to the 42nd plenary

Posted on : 31 August 2016
The members convened for the 42nd plenary to report on the working status of various committees yesterday . The Committees reported that they had a series of consultative meetings with different stakeholders and were in the process of compiling findings to prepare interim reports and recommendations for the House to consider for the upcoming session. The Good Governance Committee reported their findings on the protocol formulation of policies, Gewog Development…....

NREC visits CFM

Posted on : 31 August 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee visited Centenary Farmer’s Market (CFM), Thimphu yesterday as a part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies. The Manager of CFM made a presentation on the background, activities and mandates about the organization. The meeting was also attended by groups of vendors, wholesalers & retailers who raised many concerns mostly related to administration and management. The meeting was adjourned at 5 pm.....

Foreign Relations Committee holds meeting with the Ministry of Information and Communications on the Civil Aviation Bill

Posted on : 29 August 2016
Ten officials led by the Secretary of the Information and Communications made a presentation to the members of the Foreign Relations Committee on the Civil Aviation Bill 2015 today. Providing a brief introduction to the Bill, the presentation outlined the background, reasons for revision, objective of the revised Act, major changes/new sections in the bill and financial implication. Amongst many, the discussion revolved on the clear separation and delegation of…....

NREC on a Field Visit

Posted on : 26 August 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) of National Council is in the process of reviewing the existing legislations, policies, plans and programs of RNR sector. The study is mainly to understand if there are adequate and appropriate policies in place to ensure achievement of national goal of food self-sufficiency. As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies, the Committee is on field visits to some relevant organizations…....

SCAC holds consultative meeting with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement

Posted on : 24 August 2016
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) held a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement on the preservation and promotion of traditional Bhutanese architecture today. The presentation gave an overview of Bhutanese traditional settlement, their identities and the changing scenario of Bhutanese architecture. It also highlighted the current challenges faced in maintaining the traditional architectural designs.....

NREC holds consultative meeting with DAMC

Posted on : 24 August 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) of National Council held a consultative meeting with the Department of Agricultural Marketing & Cooperatives (DAMC) yesterday. The meeting discussed extensively on issues such as Minimum Support Price (MSP), transport subsidy and Agriculture Marketing Policy among others. The meeting deliberated at length on how to link the farmers produce with the market. The meeting adjourned at 13:15 pm.....

GGC meets the ACC

Posted on : 24 August 2016
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) held a meeting with the Director, and members of the Research Division, Department of Prevention & Education, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday afternoon. The motive of the meeting was to understand the objectives and perspectives of the research on public construction sector that the Division is under-taking. The research is being taken up by ACC in collaboration with the Ministry of works and Human Settlement, College…....

The Chairman of the State Audit Commission of Thailand calls on the Chairperson

Posted on : 23 August 2016
Prof. Chaisit Trachoetham, Chairman of the State Audit Commission and his delegation from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand called on the Chairperson of the National Council this afternoon. Welcoming the delegation, the Chairperson briefed them on the role of the National Council. Apart from the institution’s mandate of legislating and reviewing laws, the Chairperson highlighted some of the distinctive features of the House such as ensuring apolitical…....

The Chairperson conducts an Advocacy programme on the roles of National Council

Posted on : 23 August 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan conducted an advocacy program on the role of NC in balancing the political equation to the officials of the Ministry of Work and Human Settlement earlier today. Many such programmes were conducted in schools and colleges to educate on the uniqueness of the Bhutanese democracy and to clarify on the common misnomers in the society about the parliament. Among many, the presentation…....

Consultative meeting with Department of Culture

Posted on : 22 August 2016
Today, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) conducted a consultative meeting with the Department of Culture (DoC) on “preservation and promotion of culture”. The Chairperson and members of the National Council along with eleven senior officials led by the newly appointed Director General Dasho Karma Weezir from the DoC participated in the meeting which was chaired by Hon’ble Member Dhan Bdr. Monger (the Chair of SCAC). The SCAC Chair…....

Public Accounts Committee conducts public hearing with Ministry of Health

Posted on : 19 August 2016
In accordance with Section 23 of the Rules of Procedure of the Public Accounts Committee 2015, the PAC conducted the Public Hearing with the Ministry of Health this morning. The public hearing was conducted based on the resolutions of the 6th session of the Second Parliament. The resolution requires the agencies to resolve unresolved audit irregularities pertaining to 2009 to 2013 to Royal Audit Authority latest by 30th of March…....

National Council fraternity attends Zhiwai Jinseg ceremony

Posted on : 18 August 2016
The National Council of Bhutan, led by Hon’ble Thrizin attended the on-going Zhiwai Jinseg ceremony at Dechenchholing and offered prayers today. The three-day Zhiwai Jinseg ceremony is presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and performed by the Zhung Dratshang. It will conclude on Friday.....

The Legislative Committee on a field visit

Posted on : 16 August 2016
The Legislative Committee has been tasked with the review of Motor Vehicle Agreement for Regulation on Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular traffic between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. The Committee has conducted series of consultative meetings with the relevant stakeholders to fully comprehend the implication of agreement on various stakeholders in particular and to the country in general. The Committee is on a field visit to Phuentsholing and Gelephu from…....

Happy Independence Day to the Government and people of India

Posted on : 15 August 2016
On the joyous occasion of the 70th Independence Day of India, the National Council joins the nation in conveying our greetings and sincere wishes to the Government and people of India. We take this opportunity to offer our prayers for the continued peace, progress and happiness. We are confident that the existing close relations between Bhutan and India will further strengthen in the years ahead. Trashi Delek!....

Presentation on essential food commodities

Posted on : 14 August 2016
On Friday, the Natural Resources and Environment Committee had a consultation meeting with the officials from the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) on the essential food commodities. The DRC made a presentation on the existing tax policies, legislation, rules and regulations on import of essential food commodities, details of “0” taxed food items, monitoring and regulation of imports of such food items, existing infrastructural provisions both at the DRC…....

The Chairperson addresses to Graduates at the National Graduates Orientation Programme (NGOP) 2016

Posted on : 13 August 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan orientated the graduates on the overall functions of the Parliament. During the fifteen minute session, the Chairperson availed the opportunity to explicitly brief the graduates on the paramount role played by the National Council of Bhutan in the democratic set up. With the theme “Towards Building Responsible Citizens & Leaders”, the NGOP commenced today with more than 2200 graduates attending the programme.…....

Bhutan – Thai Parliamentary Friendship Group elects Chairperson

Posted on : 11 August 2016
The Bhutan-Thai Parliamentary Friendship Group unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Khandu Wangchukn from the National Assembly of Bhutan as the Chairperson and Hon'ble Member Tashi Wangmo from the National Council of Bhutan as the Deputy Chairperson in a meeting held today at the National Assembly Conference Hall. The group consists of 8 members from the National Assembly and 5 members from the National Council and it was established with the aim…....

Press Conference on Committees work status.

Posted on : 10 August 2016
A total of 22 reporters from eight media firms attended the press conference held with the Deputy Chairperson, who is the official spokesperson of the National Council, today. The press conference provided an update on the status of Committee works. It was reported by the Deputy Chairperson that three plenary meetings and 48 committee meetings have been conducted so far in the last one month since the conclusion of the…....

Workshop on Public hearing procedure

Posted on : 09 August 2016
The members of Parliament and the secretariat staff attended a two-day workshop on Public Hearing. Mr. George Crawford, the UN consultant working on the Public Hearing Manual for the Parliament of Bhutan facilitated the workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to acquaint the members and staff on the standard procedure of public hearing which will make the Committee work more effective. On the first day, the consultant highlighted on…....

UN Consultant Calls on the Hon’ble Secretary General

Posted on : 03 August 2016
Mr. George Crawford, International Parliamentary Expert, called on the Hon’ble Secretary General, yesterday. Mr. George is on a two-week visit to Bhutan as a UN–hired consultant to work on the Public Hearing Manual for the Parliament of Bhutan. During his stay in the country, he will meet with various Parliamentary Committees and present the draft manual. In the later part of the week, he will hold a workshop with Hon’ble…....

Consultative Meeting with private sectors on the BBIN Agreement and Custom Bill 2015

Posted on : 02 August 2016
The Legislative Committee met with the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and Association of Bhutan Tour Operators (ABTO) to consult on the Motor Vehicle Agreement for Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo vehicular traffic between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal today. The meeting was called in order gather information and view on the Agreement from these agencies. Sharing their opinion on the agreement,…....

The 41st Plenary continues

Posted on : 01 August 2016
The House continued with the 41st plenary to report on the committee work progress. Hob'ble Sangay Khandu of the Legislative Committee proposed an amendment to some proviso of the Penal Court of Bhutan 2011 pertaining to consensual sex of children below 18 years of age. The House intensively discussed on the issue with many members supporting the amendment. However, it was felt that further research was required to authenticate how…....

NC's Special Committee on Education meets official from the Royal Education Council

Posted on : 29 July 2016
29th July 2016: The National Council's Special Committee on Education met with officials from the Royal Education Council (REC) at Paro. The Committee was formed during the 17th Session of The National Council to review education policy. The review work is currently looking into the quality of education with special focus on teachers quality, curriculum issues, and school resources and infrastructure among others. Reporting on the mandate and the work…....

Consultative Meeting on Customs Bill 2015

Posted on : 29 July 2016
Earlier today, the Legislative Committee had a consultative meeting with the officals of the Ministry of Finance led by the Hon'ble Minister on the Customs Bill, 2015.....

41st Plenary Meeting

Posted on : 28 July 2016
The 41st Plenary meeting of the National Council convened yesterday. All the Committees presented their updates of the ongoing works. Following the presentations, members suggested and pointed out issues to consider while conducting the review work. Besides the work progress report on the assigned issues, the plenary screened out issues that were proposed by committees for consideration. The Plenary also approved the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s proposal to review…....

Legislative Committee meeting with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG)

Posted on : 27 July 2016
The Legislative Committee members had a consultative meeting with the officials of the Office of Attorney General to discuss on the Motor Vehicle Agreement for BBIN as well as the consolidation & harmonization of existing Acts.....

Consultative meeting on Teacher quality issue

Posted on : 26 July 2016
The Special Committee of the National Council met with a team of six officials from the Ministry of Education to discuss on the Teacher quality issues. The meeting was chaired by Eminent Member Phuntsho Rapten, Chairperson to the Special Committee. The presentation from the Ministry outlined general information on the human resources policy such as the teacher recruitment, retention, deployment, career ladder, teaching allowances, teacher's moral & image, school governance…....

Hon'ble Thrizin talks on the Parliament and Law-making Process and Dynamics in our Democracy

Posted on : 22 July 2016
On 22 July 2016, His Excellency Dr. Sonam Kinga, the Hon’ble Chairperson talked to over 100 post graduate students of the Royal Institution of Management, Thimphu, on "Parliament and Law-making Processes and Dynamics in our Democracy".....

National Resources and Environment Committee holds consultation meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest

Posted on : 22 July 2016
22nd July 2016: The Members of the National Council led by the National Resources and Environment Committee held a consultation meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest at Jambayang Resort on Friday. Speaking to the participants from the Ministry led by the Officiating Secretary, the Chairperson of the Committee Hon'ble Jigmi Rinzin said that the meeting and presentations were sought as a part of review of the agriculture policy.…....

36th meeting of NREC

Posted on : 21 July 2016
The Natural Resource and Environment Committee (NREC) convened its 36th Committee meeting today to review Agriculture Policy that was assigned to the committee. The committee did SWOT analysis on the agriculture sector and identified 5 broad areas for further review such as measures to achieve food self sufficiency from domestic production, existing policies and measures to ensure growth in agriculture sector, attract youth to take up farming, challenges faced by…....

Quality of education

Posted on : 19 July 2016
The Special Committee formed during the last session of National Council to review the issues related to education system in the country met today for the second time. The members thoroughly deliberated on the issues such as resource allocation,professional development of teachers and the school curriculum and assessment. The Special Committee was constituted since members repeatedly raised issues related to education and its’ quality. The meetings will be ongoing with…....

Discussion on Motor Vehicle Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personnel and Cargo Vehicular Traffic between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal

Posted on : 18 July 2016
NC held a meeting with Ministry of Information & Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Road Safety and Transport Authority on Motor Vehicle Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger Personnel and Cargo Vehicular Traffics between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal today. The Agreement has been assigned to Legislative Committee for review. The meeting was chaired by Hon #39;ble Sonam Wangchuk (Mongar), the Chairperson of Legislative Committee. A preliminary meeting has…....

Secretary General Appointed to National Council

Posted on : 15 July 2016
His Majesty the King appointed Dasho Chencho Tshering, former Paro Dzongdag as Secretary General (SG) of the National Council of Bhutan on Thursday. After receiving Dhar from His Majesty the King, the members and the secretariat of the National Council heartily welcomed the new SG with an offering of Marchang and Zhudray Phuensum. Dasho Chencho Tshering is the second Secretary General after Dasho Tshewang Norbu.....

Special Committee convenes to undertake an inquiry concerning the quality of education.

Posted on : 11 July 2016
Earlier today, the members of the special committee convened to undertake an inquiry concerning the quality of education. The Special Committee was constituted during the 17th Session of the National Council.....

The Legislative Committee convenes discussion on Motor Vehicle Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personnel and Cargo Vehicular Traffice between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with NA members

Posted on : 11 July 2016
The Legislative Committee (LC) convened this morning to discuss the Motor Vehicle Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personnel and Cargo Vehicular Traffic between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with the members of the National Assembly (NA). The Agreement was deliberated in the 6th session and ratified during the 7th Session of the NA. The National Council upon receiving the Agreement assigned it to the Legislative Committee during its 17th…....

Building Best Parliamentary Practices

Posted on : 08 July 2016
Innovations and Challenges in the National Council ********************************************* 1. Introduction How does Bhutanese Parliament, an institution of a young democracy, keep the government under check? The question appears simple since the Constitution defines powers of each organs of the state, constitutional bodies and other state institutions. There are adequate legal provisions and institutions in place to check and balance the government. For the parliament, its oversight functions are lucidly spelt…....
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