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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.....

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…....

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.....

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…....

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…....

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 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…....

NC attends the Closing Ceremony of Guru Soeldeb

Posted on : 13 June 2016
Led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council, members of National Council attended the 2nd day Guru Soeldep ceremony presided by His Holiness Chabjey Rinpoche at Memoral Chorten today. The 5 days ceremony is organized by DeSuung coinciding with the birth year of Guru Rinpoche and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to Bhutan and dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk…....

NC conducts workshop on Understanding the State of Democracy and the Role of Parliament

Posted on : 13 June 2016
The National Council of Bhutan organized a day workshop on the theme ‘Understanding the state of Democracy and the role of Parliament’. The workshop highlighted the role and formation of Parliament, state of Bhutanese democracy, the Committee System of Parliament and the Legislative Process. Press Release....

Adoption of the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2015

Posted on : 10 June 2016
Today the House continued with the deliberation of the Legislative Committee’s report on the foreign workers and illegal immigration. After thorough deliberation on the issue, the House directed the committee to further refine the recommendation with the objective to progressively reduce dependency on foreign workers and check illegal immigration by calling upon the Government to strictly enforce the existing legislation. The House also unanimously adopted Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill…....

NC members attends the Pel Yeshi Goenpoi Ritual

Posted on : 09 June 2016
The members of the National Council attended the Pel Yeshi Gonpoi ritual at Dechen Phodrang monastery this morning. The event was presided over by His Holiness the Je-Khenpo and monks from Zhung Dratshang....

Deliberation on Foreign workers and Illegal Immigration in the Country

Posted on : 09 June 2016
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The house continues deliberation on ACC report

Posted on : 08 June 2016
The House continued to deliberate on the proposed recommendations by the members on the Annual Anti- Corruption Commission Report 2015 this morning. The House discussed the need to review the Public Finance Act (2007) as well as review the Mines and Minerals Management Act (1995) and how to address policy corruption amongst others. The House directed the Good Governance Committee and relevant members to re-deliberate on the new recommendations. The…....

Deliberation on Annual ACC Report 2015

Posted on : 07 June 2016
The House deliberated on the Anti-Corruption Commission report 2015 today. The Chairperson, commissioner and officials from the Commission also watched the deliberation from the visitor’s gallery. Introducing the report, the Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) informed the house that the annual report 2015 is the 9th Annual report submitted to the Parliament. The Committee further stated that besides the series of internal meetings, the GGC conducted consultative meetings…....

Introduction of the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016

Posted on : 06 June 2016
The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee Hon’bel Tashi Wangmo introduced the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016 to the House this morning. Highlighting the background of the Bill, the Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) reported to the House that the draft Bill was prepared by a Steering Committee for the establishment of Bhutan Red Cross Society. Accordingly, the draft Bill was submitted to the National Council in…....

Deliberation on follow –up reports concludes

Posted on : 03 June 2016
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NC members celebrates the Social Forestry Day

Posted on : 03 June 2016
Today in the afternoon, the members led by the Hon'ble Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan and the Hon'ble Speaker celebrated Social Forestry Day.Organized by the Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture and the Park Forestry officials, the twenty six Members of Parliament from the National Council and National Assembly were able to dig holes and plan 216 saplings at Depsi, Thimphu. The coronation day of His Majesty the 4th Druk…....

NC Continue to deliberate on follow-up on the resolutions of 16th Session

Posted on : 02 June 2016
2nd sitting of the 17th session of the National Council began with acknowledging the Coronation day of His Majesty Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. This day is celebrated as Social Forestry Day where students and citizens plant trees all across the country dedicating them to the long life of the His Majesty the Fourth Durk Gyalpo. The House continued with the follow-up report on the implementation of hydropower development…....

Opening ceremony of the 17th Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 01 June 2016
The opening ceremony of the 17th session of the National Council of Bhutan convened today at 10:00 a.m. with Zhugdrey Phuensum Tshogpa. In his opening remarks, the Chairperson expressed the significance of the Monkey Year. He said this year marks the birth of Guru Rimpoche, founding of the monarchy, birth of His Majesty the King and the birth of the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyal Wangchuck. Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga also reported…....

NC attends Moenlam Chenmo at Haa

Posted on : 31 May 2016
On 28 May 2016, the members of the National Council led by the Chairperson attended the Moenlam Chenmo at Haa. Members of the National Assembly, dzongkhag officials and other devotees were also took part in the event....

Joint Sitting of the Parliament on Companies Bill 2015

Posted on : 30 May 2016
Today, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament convened to deliberate on 12 disputed clauses of the Companies Bill 2015 submitted by the Joint Committee. Extensively deliberating on the amended clauses, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament endorsed the Companies Bill 2015 with 64 “Yes” votes. There were 64 members of the Parliament present for the deliberation. Tomorrow, the Joint Sitting shall deliberate on the Paro Dzongkhag Thromde. The European Investment…....
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