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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…....

His Majesty the King awards Goentag (ornamental pin) to the 6 female parliamentarians

Posted on : 07 July 2016
Trashi Delek Hon'ble Lyonpo Dorji Choden, Hon'ble Tashi Wangmo, Hon'ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee, Hon'ble Kinley Ohm, Hon'ble Kezang D Wangmo and Hon'ble Dechen Zangmo. They were awarded the Goen Tag (ornamental pin), equivalent to the Patang (sword) by His Majesty the King this morning at the close of Parliament.....

40th Plenary

Posted on : 06 July 2016
Earlier today, the 40th NC Plenary was convened to present the committee's work plans. As announced at the concluding ceremony of the 17th session of NC, the committees prepared and presented its work plans on the tasks assigned to them in preparation for the upcoming 18th session. Apart from presenting the work plans, some new issues were proposed for the consideration of the plenary. These will be further deliberated in…....

The Indo-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group

Posted on : 06 July 2016
The Indo-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group met today. The Chairperson - Hon'ble Yogesh Tamang (NA) and Deputy Chairperson - Hon'ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee (NC)were elected by the members. The other members include Hon'ble Dophu Dukpa (NA), Hon'ble Ritu Raj Chhetri (NA), Hon'ble Sonam Dhondop Dorjee (NA), Hon'ble Rinzin Dorji (NA), Hon'ble Choida Jamtsho (NA), Hon'ble Dupthob (NA), Hon'ble Tashi Dorji (NC), Hon'ble Nima (NC), Hon'ble Sangay Khandu (NC) and Hon'ble Sonam…....

Prime Minister presents “State of the Nation” to the Parliament

Posted on : 06 July 2016
The members of the National Council attended the address of the Prime Minister on the State of the Nation in the Joint Sitting yesterday. As enshrined in the constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Prime Minister presented a detailed report of the State of the Nation to the Parliament. Exclusively presenting the status of our country in the international front, the Prime Minister reported that inspite of the positive…....

Presentation by Ministry of Finance

Posted on : 05 July 2016
The members led by the Chairperson of the National Council (NC) attended the presentation on “Macroeconomic Performance & Outlook” and “National Budget Formulation” organised by the Ministry of Finance today afternoon. Besides the officials from the Ministry, the Minister for Finance also took part in the discussions. The presentation included the current financial situation of the country, budget process and a forum to discuss the way forward to enhance the…....

Vote of thanks by the Chairperson after Bangladesh President, H.E Md. Abdul Hamid's address to Parliament.

Posted on : 04 July 2016
Earlier today, the Chairperson of the National Council, Thrizin Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga gave the vote of thanks after the Bangladesh President, H.E Md. Abdul Hamid's address to Parliament. "Thank you Hon’ble Speaker, On behalf of the Parliament of Bhutan, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to H.E. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid, the Hon'ble President of Bangladesh for making a historic visit to Bhutan and addressing the joint-sitting…....

Joint Sitting Defers Framework Agreement between Bhutan and European Investment Bank

Posted on : 01 July 2016
Joint Sitting deferred the ratification of the Framework Agreement (FWA) between Bhutan and European Investment Bank with 58 “Yes”, 3 “No” and 6 “abstain” votes from 67 members present for the vote today. The National Assembly (NA) ratified the FWA during its 5th session of the 2nd Parliament and forwarded to the National Council. Extensively deliberating on the FWA during the 16th Session of the National Council, it was sent…....

Joint Sitting on Audit Performance Report (2010-2015)

Posted on : 30 June 2016
On 30th June, the Members of the National Council attended the Joint Sitting of Parliament. The Joint Sitting deliberated on the Audit Performances Report (2010-2015) and the implementation status report of the 5th session resolutions by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which was presented by the Chair of the Committee, Hon'ble Pema Dakpa. The members of Parliament extensively deliberated on the recommendations submitted by the PAC. The Committee was directed…....

Committees elect new Chairpersons

Posted on : 29 June 2016
Earlier today in a meeting held by the Legislative Committee, the members unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Sonam Wangchuk (Monggar) as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Member Tashi Phuntsho (Trashiyangtse) as the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee. The former Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, Hon’ble Sangay Khandu (Samtse) served as the Chairperson for one year. The members of the Foreign Relations Committee unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Sangay Khandu (Gasa) as the Chairperson…....

Reflections on the 17th Session

Posted on : 28 June 2016
Earlier today, the National Council (NC) held its in-house reflection exercise on the17th session in NC's plenary hall. In its efforts to develop and strengthen the good parliamentary practices,NC holds in-house reflection exercise after every parliamentary session to reflect and learn from the success and failure of its performance. As usual, the members candidly shared their observations, feedback and recommendations on the way forward. Among others, the house reflected on…....

Concluding Press Conference of the 17th Session

Posted on : 27 June 2016
Nine reporters from five media agencies participated in the concluding Press Conference of the 17th session of National Council (NC) today. Along with the Deputy Chairperson of NC, who is the official Spokesperson, the Chairpersons of the Good Governance, Legislative and Economic Affairs Committees participated. The Press Conference was conducted to share the resolutions passed by NC in the17th session of the Parliament. In his remarks, the spokesperson reiterated that…....

Offering of Tangra

Posted on : 27 June 2016
Earlier this morning, the members led by the Hon’ble Chairperson visited Tashichhodzong and Dechenphug Monastery to offer their prayers. After every session, members offer Tangra in these two holy monasteries for the successful completion of the Session.....

Parliament's Joint Committee Meeting on European Investment Bank Framework Agreement

Posted on : 25 June 2016
Joint Committee members met to discuss the European Investment Bank Framework Agreement in the National Council Conference Hall on Friday. The National Council rejected EIB in its last session after it was passed by National Assembly on the ground that the principles and some of the provisions of the bill undermines the sovereignity of the country and conflicts with the existing laws including the immigration rules and regulation of the…....

17th Session of the National Council Concludes

Posted on : 24 June 2016
The Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Lekey Dorji attended the debate session following the Question Time held with him on 8th June 2016, in the National Council, today. Invoking Chapter 8, Section 137 of the National Council Act for the first time in this session, this is the second debate session following the question time in the National Council. As per this section, a member with the permission of…....

Final Question Hour of 17th Session

Posted on : 23 June 2016
Yesterday afternoon, the National Council had its' final question hour sessions with both the Hon'ble Health and Information and Communication Ministers. Hon’ble Member Tharchen (Trongsa) asked three questions to the Hon’ble Minister Tandin Wangchuk, Ministry of Health on the state of herbal medicine production in the country. Firstly, how is the government ensuring the sustainability of herbal plants given the increasing rate of extraction and collection? Secondly, what is the…....

16th Session Follow up report

Posted on : 22 June 2016
The Officiating Secretary General, Rinzin Penjore reported to the House on the checklist of assurances of the Royal Government to the National Council in response to resolutions of the 16th session: Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) 1) TCB will review National Tourism Policy after presenting their final review report to the Government. 2) The Tourism Bill will be tabled for legislation after finalizing the National Tourism Policy. 3) TCB is…....

House adopts recommendations on the Implementation Status of Acts passed by Parliament

Posted on : 22 June 2016
This morning, the House unanimously adopted the recommendations proposed by the Legislative Committee on the Implementation Status of Acts and debated on educational reforms with the Hon'ble Minister of Education. The following resolutions were adopted on the Implementation Status of Acts passed by Parliament: The National Council hereby, recommends the Government and other agencies to: Simultaneously draft required Rules and Regulations or By-laws of a Bill that is being tabled…....

House adopts Committees' recommendations

Posted on : 21 June 2016
National Council adopts most of the recommendations proposed by the Good Governance Committee and all of the Legislative Committee's recommendations today. The Good Governance Committee, on the directive of House, revisited the recommendations proposed on the Annual Anti-Corruption Report 2015. The Good Governance Committee Chair, Hon'ble Tashi Wangmo reported that eleven Hon’ble Members, including the Committee Members had a thorough discussion and revised some of their recommendations. The National Council…....

National Council discusses issues related to delays in the implementation of Acts today

Posted on : 20 June 2016
Reporting the findings of the study carried out by the Legislative Committee, Hon’ble Sangay Khandu (Samtse) reported that the Parliament has adopted 36 Acts since 2008. While some of the Acts have been implemented immediately, others were partially implemented, meaning only some provisions of the Acts have come into force. He reported that the Committee found out that there were also some Acts which were never implemented at all. He…....

Members attend the consecration of the National Conservatory Laboratory and head office for the Department of Culture.

Posted on : 18 June 2016
Today, members of the National Council attended the consecration of the National Conservatory Laboratory and head office for the Department of Culture. The building was constructed with financial support from the Government of India. This will now be a center of cultural heritage and also facilitate in doing research on the traditional construction materials and techniques in addition to housing the Department of Culture. The consecration ritual was presided over…....

National Council Question Hour with Minister for Labour and Human Resources

Posted on : 17 June 2016
Yesterday, in the question hour session with the Hon’ble Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshenpo, Members raised questions on two issues: firstly on insurance and retirement benefits for employees in the private sector and secondly on addressing the growing number of unemployed teacher graduates. Hon'ble Dhan Bdr. Monger asked what measures were being taken by the Royal Government to ensure congenial working conditions to encourage youth…....

Question and Answer Session on Thromde and adoption of the Supplementary Budget and Appropriation Bill 2015-2016

Posted on : 16 June 2016
Today, the 11th sitting of the 17th session began with a Question and Answer session with the Hon'ble Minister for Works and Human Settlement. After explaining the background information on the 20 dzongkhag Thromdes and 16 Yenlag Thromdes by Parliament, the Hon’ble Minister Lyonpo Dorji Choden, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement responded to three questions asked by Hon'ble Member Tharchen. Responding to the question on the preparedness of the…....

Introduction of the National Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2016-17

Posted on : 14 June 2016
Today, the Hon’ble Minister for Finance (MoF) presented the National Budget to National Council (NC). In doing so, the Minister introduced appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2016-17, Supplementary Budget and Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2015-16 and Revised Taxes and Levies Bill of Bhutan 2016 as per Article 13.2 of the Constitution of Bhutan. The Minister, while presenting the Annual Budget report for the Fiscal Year 2016-17, reported…....
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