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Joint Parliamentary Delegation from Bhutan visits Bangladesh

Posted on : 26 December 2015
A 12-member Joint Parliamentary Delegation from Bhutan is in Bangladesh on a 7-day parliamentary visit program. The delegation is led by His Excellency Thrizin Sonam Kinga (Ph.D), the Hon'ble Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan, with members from both the Houses. Today the delegation called on the Hon'ble President of Bangladesh at the Bangabhaban. Welcoming the delegation to Bangladesh, the Hon'ble President shared how close Bhutan remains in the…....

16th session of the National Council concludes

Posted on : 08 December 2015
In the last sitting of the 16th Session of the National Council, the House adopted the recommendations on the hydropower policies and programs, local government assessment study, employment policies, programs and strategies, and centralization of schools. Highlighting the objective and concerns on establishing the central schools in the country, the Hon’ble Member from Trongsa Dzongkhag acknowledged the Government initiative in the reform program to enhance education through rationalization of smaller…....

Director gets appointed as Pemagatshel Dzongdag

Posted on : 08 December 2015
The Director of the National Council (NC) was appointed as the new Dzongdag of Pemagatshel on 7th December 2015. His Majesty granted Trashi Khadar to Mr. Phuntsho, who was serving as the Director since October 2012. Prior to his service in National Council Secretariat, he worked in the Ministry of Information & Communication. He also served as Media Advisor to the former Prime Minister of Bhutan. The National Council fraternity…....

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appoints three Eminent Members

Posted on : 07 December 2015
In keeping with Article 11.1 (b) of the Constitution, His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appointed three Eminent Members to the National Council of Bhutan, today. Hon Karma Tshering, the former Director of Department of Hydro Power and Power System, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Hon Kesang Chuki Dorjee, the founder of KCD Productions, and Hon Phuntsho Rapten, the former Chief Planning Officer of Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, were granted…....

NC deliberates on the Recommendations on Review Report of National Employment Policy, Porgrammes and Strategies

Posted on : 04 December 2015
Today, the Chairperson of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee submitted the revised recommendations on the review report of national employment policy, programmes and strategies. The House began its deliberation on the twelve recommendations of the Committee on “Employment Creations”. Recognizing the important of agriculture sector in addressing the unemployment issues, the members significantly shared their opinion and supplemented on the need to enhance and support the sector. Among many,…....

NC deliberates on the Review Report of National Employment Policy, Programmes and Strategies

Posted on : 03 December 2015
Today, the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee presented the report on the review of National Employment Policy, Program and Strategies to the House. Highlighting the background of the review report, the Chairperson of the Committee said that prior to the directive from the House the Committee continue to study the unemployment issues from two perspectives namely “Employment Creation” and “Employment Promotion”. He informed that it was also evident that the…....

NC continues to deliberate on Local Governance Assessment Report

Posted on : 02 December 2015
Today, the House continued to deliberate on the report of local governance assessment submitted by the Good Government Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee outlined the main issues and recommendations proposed by the Committee on the administrative decentralization and fiscal decentralization for the House to consider. Although the House supported and adopted some of the recommendations proposed by the Committee, the members debated and supplemented on the human resources and…....

NC adopts the recommendations on Tourism Policies and Strategies

Posted on : 01 December 2015
Today, the House adopted the recommendations on Tourism Policies and Strategies submitted by the Economic Affairs Committee. The Good Governance Committee presented the report on local governance assessment. Presenting the final recommendations, the Chairperson of the Committee reported that base on the directive given by the House during the 8th sitting of the present session, the Committee conducted a meeting with concern members and relevant stakeholders to scrutinize the recommendations.…....

NC deliberates on the Recommendations on Hydropower Development Policyt

Posted on : 30 November 2015
Today, the Ad-hoc Committee submitted the recommendations on the hydropower policy and development, followed by adoption of the amendments on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015(Government Bill). The Committee presented eight recommendations on the hydropower development and policy, the House deliberated at length providing necessary amendments. Among many pertinent issues, the members provided their suggestions on the delay of the Government in achieving the target of developing the 10,000MW hydropower…....

Reports on the Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008

Posted on : 27 November 2015
Today the the Ad-hoc Committee presented the final review report on the Hydropower Development Policy and Programmes, followed by question hour session with the Hon’ble Education Minister. The Ad-hoc Committee was constituted during the 18th Plenary as a result of series of concerns expressed by the House on the sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008. The Natural Resources and Environment Committee was subsumed under the ad hoc committee as it was…....

NC resolves to amend the Election Act of Bhutan 2008

Posted on : 20 November 2015
The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee submitted the necessary changes made to the Jabmi (Amendment) Bill 2015 as directed by the House. However, he said that the Committee could not come to an agreement on three sections and had left these for the House to make a decision. The House decided to retain Section 24 as in the Jabmi Act of Bhutan 2003 and adopted the Jabmi (Amendment) Bill of…....

NC continues deliberation on Tourism Policy and Strategies

Posted on : 19 November 2015
The 8th sitting of the National Council continued with deliberations on the Tourism Policy and Strategies. The House extensively deliberated on the issues pertaining to tourism policy, tariff reforms, royalty, liberalization, mass tourism and unregulated regional tourism. Although the members supported the recommendations, the House directed the Economic Affairs Committee to consider the feedback provided by the members and submit its final recommendations for adoption. Tomorrow, the House will adopt…....

NC deliberates on the recommendations on Tourism Policy and Strategies

Posted on : 18 November 2015
Today, the House deliberated on the Tourism Policy and Strategies report prepared by the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC). The Chairperson and members of the EAC reported that the Committee carried out extensive review on the rationale, guiding policy, key institutions and stakeholders, tourism sectors, situational analysis, emerging issues and concerns and observations and recommendations. Recognizing the potential of the tourism sector to grow and further contribute towards socio-economic development of…....

Deliberation on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015 continues

Posted on : 17 November 2015
At the outset, the Deputy Chairperson, on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan, acknowledged and expressed appreciation to the volunteer group, who combed-up and cleaned public toilets across the country. He said that the group has set a good and an exemplary precedence of organizing such cleaning campaigns to keep the country clean. Proceeding with the business, the House continued to deliberate on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015.…....

House deliberates on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 16 November 2015
Today, the Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs introduced the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2105 (Government Bill) to the National Council. Prior to introduction of the Bill, the Hon’ble Deputy Chairperson, who presided over the sitting, clarified on the National Council stand on the legality and constitutionality of Government establishing the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOIC). He further clarified that the National Council provided political space and opportunity for the…....

House adopts the proposal to withdraw the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 13 November 2015
Today the Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) introduced the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015. Briefing on the principle, objectives and benefits of the Bill, he reported that it was aimed to make the economic system of the country viable by providing business registration system and a separate legal entity. He said that the Act would formalize 98% of the businesses in the country that do not…....

House deliberates on the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 12 November 2015
Today the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee introduced the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2015. Presenting the principle and objectives for amendment, he said that the Committee studied the Bill that was passed by the National Assembly in the 5th Session of the Second Parliament, as directed by the House in the last Session. In the process of deliberation, some members submitted that there were many issues which needed…....

International Agreements and Conventions ratified

Posted on : 06 November 2015
Today the National Council deliberated on the European Investment Bank (EIB) Framework Agreement and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and, ratified the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) Introducing the European Investment Bank (EIB) Framework Agreement (FWA), the Hon’ble Minister for Finance briefed on the principle and objectives of the agreement. Four members sought clarifications on the agreement to ensure that the document was in consonance with…....

16th Session begins with tributes to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo

Posted on : 05 November 2015
The 16th Session of the National Council of Bhutan began today. In the opening ceremony, the Hon’ble Members and Secretariat staff offered Zhabten to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo on the occasion of His 60th Birth Anniversary. Four Hon’ble Members, representing four regions of our country expressed gratitude to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo for the unconditional sacrifices He made to the country and people during the 34…....

The National Council Reviews the final draft report

Posted on : 30 October 2015
In order to prepare for the 16th session, a three-day plenary was held starting from 28th -30th October, 2015 in the National Council Conference Hall. The plenary was convened to mainly discuss on the final draft report by the committees after months of research consultation held with various stakeholders. As directed by the Chairperson to the committees during the 29th plenary, the Committee worked for months for an interim report,…....

The Chairperson leads the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union

Posted on : 26 October 2015
The Chairperson of the National Council led twelve-member delegation consisting of parliamentarians from both Houses to attend 133rd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland from 17th to 21st October 2015.. During the General Assembly, the Chairperson made a statement on the theme “The moral and economic imperative for fairer, smarter and more human migration”. He also had the opportunity to preside over one of the session.…....

Eminent Members Relieved

Posted on : 30 September 2015
Dasho Karma Y. Raydi and Kuenlay Tshering who served as Eminent Members of the National Council since 2008 have been relieved from the National Council effective 30 September 2015. They are awaiting their next appointment. The National Council of Bhutan would like to thank them for their dedicated services to the House and wish them success in their career.....

Strategic Development Plan and Virtual Zomdu (VZ)Launches

Posted on : 16 September 2015
The Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council launched the Strategic Development Plan and the Virtual Zomdu today. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Madam Christina Carlson, Resident Representative of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Hon’ble Members, Director of National Assembly, Secretariat Staff and representatives from the Media Houses. As a part of the launching ceremony, the prototype videoconference was arranged with the Dzongrab, sector heads and representatives of the…....

Private sector views on the Enterprise Registration Bill 2015

Posted on : 11 September 2015
Four officials led by the Secretary General of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) made a presentation on “Private Sector Views” on the Enterprise Registration Bill 2015 to the Natural Resources and Environment Committee yesterday. The presentation highlighted the BCCI participation in the review on the draft bill, BCCI comments on the Bill and the feedbacks of the stakeholder’s meeting. During the presentation, it was reflected that the…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) seeks clarification on Employment Generation

Posted on : 02 September 2015
The SCAC conducted a stakeholder’s meeting with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) and the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) to discuss on the status of “Employment Generation” today. Besides the Members of the National Council, the Vice-chancellor, RUB; Director, RCSC, and the General Secretary (GS), BCCI were present in the meeting. The RCSC presented the outline of the employment trends, human…....

NREC seeks Clarification on the principle of the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 26 August 2015
Natural Resource and Environment Committee (NREC) consulted the BCCI on the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 in the National Council Conference Hall today. Besides the members, seven participants from different business entity under BCCI took part in the consultative meeting. The Chairperson to the Committee expressed that the Committee is in the process of reviewing the Bill which has been adopted and passed by National Assembly in its 5th…....

Secretariat Staff trained on wholesome etiquette

Posted on : 24 August 2015
Twenty seven Secretariat staff took part in a five-day training on the Bhutanese Code of Etiquette (Driglam Namzha) from 17th to 21st August 2015 at the Bhutan Chamber Commerce Industry conference hall. The training was facilitated by the Department of Culture (DoC) under the Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs. Besides the staff of the National Council Secretariat, 34 teachers from different schools under Thimphu Thromde participated in the training.…....

Presentation on Electricity Tariff Formulation and Processes

Posted on : 17 July 2015
The Adhoc Committee along with few other members of the National Council sought clarification on tariff determination parameters and electricity subsidies in the country during the presentation made by the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) on the Electricity Tariff Formulation and Processes earlier today in the National Council Conference Hall. Two officials from the BEA in presenting the Electricity Tariff formulation and processes highlighted the background, principles for tariff regulation, tariff…....

Presentation on the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity)

Posted on : 16 July 2015
Two officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs made a presentation on the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation pertaining to electricity to the Ad hoc Committee in the National Council Conference Hall today. The SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) was ratified and passed to the National Council in the 5th session of the National Assembly. Accordingly, during the 15th session of the National Council, the House directed…....

Social & Cultural Affairs Committee uses video conferencing to meet World Bank Experts

Posted on : 16 July 2015
The Honorable members of Social and Cultural Affairs Committee had a video conference with the World Bank experts on the 16th of July, 2015 at 5pm. The conference was held to get some international perspectives on the issues pertaining to unemployment. While two of the experts, Mr. Cem Mete and Mr. Achim Schimillen were based in Washington DC, Ms. Jasmine Rajbhandary was connected at the Nepal office. The discussion captured…....

Presentation by the Guide Association of Bhutan to the Economic Affairs Committee

Posted on : 15 July 2015
The Chairman accompanied by nine members from the Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB) made a presentation on the functions of the GAB to the Economic Affairs Committee in the Conference Hall of the National Council today. Recapitulating the mandate of the National Council Act and the Constitution as a house of review, the Chairperson of the Committee reported that the Committee was assigned to review the tourism policy and strategies…....

Legislative Committee meets private law firms for Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill 2014

Posted on : 14 July 2015
The Legislative Committee conducts a consultative meeting with the private law firms in Bhutan on the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 today in the National Council Conference Hall. Acknowledging the importance of the meeting, Hon., Kuenlay Tshering, the Committee Chairperson briefly explained the objectives of the meeting to have an open discussion with the private firms whether the proposed amendment on the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 by the National…....

Presentation on Enterprises Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 by Ministry of Economy Affairs

Posted on : 14 July 2015
Four officials led by the Joint Secretary the Ministry of Economy Affairs made a presentation to the Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) on the Enterprises Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 today in the National Council conference hall. The presentation outlined the backgrounds, objective, registration of enterprises, proposed registry model, name Registration, registration prerequisites to ensure one window system for collection of applicant’s information at one point of registry while…....

Delegation from the Institute of Legislative Studies, Vietnam calls on the Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 03 July 2015
A six-member delegation from the Institute of Legislative Studies, Socialist Republic of Vietnam called on the Hon’ble Chairperson, yesterday. The delegation was led by Associate Professor Dr. Dinh Xuan Thao, Member of the Standing Committee on Law, National Assembly of Vietnam-cum-President of the Institute of Legislative Studies. The objective of the study tour is to understand the legal systems, the law-making processes and the various mechanisms for checks and balances…....

Chairperson attends the fourth graduation day celebrations at RTC

Posted on : 02 July 2015
The Chairperson of the National Council attended the fourth graduation day celebrations at Royal Thimphu College (RTC) yesterday as its Chief Guest. Venerable Tsugla Lopen also graced the celebrations. Congratulating the 301 graduates, the Chairperson reminded them that the successful completion of undergraduate education is not an end but a means to a successful life. Learning is a life-long process and that it cannot stop with graduation or employment. He…....

The National Council Reviews the Progress of Committee Works

Posted on : 29 June 2015
The National Council’s preparations for the 16th session which will commence in November are in full swing. In order to review preparatory activities such as work plans and progress reports of different committees, it convened its 29th plenary meeting on 29th June at the National Council conference hall. The Chairperson has assigned different committees with Bills and Policy Review tasks during the conclusion of the 15th session on 15th June…....

Briefing the Gups on the Functions of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 19 June 2015
The Chairperson of the National Council met with the second batch of Gups who are in the capital to attend their annual conference at the NRDCL Conference Hall. During the session, the Chairperson briefly explained the functions, composition and special features of the National Council of Bhutan. The briefing was followed by an interactive session during which issues relating to currency exchange at Bhutan-India border, legality of BOIC, election, Dramitse…....

Ambassador- Designate of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam calls on the Chairperson

Posted on : 19 June 2015
The Ambassador-designate of Socialist Republic of Vietnam to India, Nepal & Bhutan, H.E Ton Sing Thanh, called on the Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan today. The Chairperson cordially welcomed the ambassador on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan. The chairperson said that visit of H.E. Ton Sing Thanh was historic since he was visiting Bhutan in his capacity as the first ambassador of Vietnam. He expressed his…....

15th Session of the National Council Concludes

Posted on : 15 June 2015
The concluding session of the National Council dwelt on the recommendations on Gewog Rationalization. The Chairperson of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee submitted to defer the deliberations on the recommendations since Gewog rationalization and delimitations would also be determined by new boundaries drawn for the Thromdes. The House accordingly decided to defer the case. The Chairperson distributed and assigned review works to the Committees in preparation for the 16th…....

The National Council endorses the National Budget & Appropriation Bill for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16

Posted on : 12 June 2015
Today, the National Council adopted the National Budget and Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2015-16 and Supplementary budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2014-15 with a few recommendations. The House extensively deliberated on the National Budget for the Financial Year 2015-16 with the members submitting their concerns and recommendations. Among others, the House adopted the recommendations that program borrowings from external sources should not be used for recurrent…....

Introduction of the National Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2015-16

Posted on : 11 June 2015
Today, the Hon’ble Minister for Finance (MoF) introduced the National Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2015-16 to the members of the National Council of Bhutan. The Minister, while presenting the Annual Budget report for the Fiscal Year 2015-16, reported that the Government had allocated a maximum share (24%) of the plans outlay (capital) for the financial year. He further stated that for the first time, the budget had…....

Adoption of the Resolutions and Recommendations on policy related issues

Posted on : 09 June 2015
The National Council today adopted the recommendations on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report and the continued service of the Gup of Dramitse despite the transfer of his census to Ngatshang gewog. The House also adopted the recommendations on the Special Audit Report on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO). Further, the House endorsed a motion to submit a bill in the 16th Session on the Possession of…....

Deliberation on the transfer of census of an elected Local Leader

Posted on : 08 June 2015
As directed by the House during its 28th Plenary Session held on the 19th May 2015, the Good Governance Committee (GGC) presented its findings with regard to the transfer of the incumbent Dramitse gup’s mitsi from Drametse gewog to Ngatshang gewog. The Chairperson of the GGC reported that the Committee had discussed the matter with the objective to establish whether the case in question had violated any legal provision and…....

Deliberations on Special Audit Report and Question Hour Sessions

Posted on : 05 June 2015
The House deliberated on the Special Audit Report on import and distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO), which was presented by the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC). The presentation outlined the background, pricing component of Petroleum Oil Lubricants (POL), findings and recommendations of the Royal Audit Authority and, findings and recommendations of the Economic Affairs Committee. The House unanimously decided that the National Council, in which…....

Deliberations on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report

Posted on : 01 June 2015
The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee (GGC), in presenting the Annual Anti-Corruption Report, said that unlike the previous annual reports, the Annual Report 2014 took stock of the ACC’s achievements over the past nine years since the term of the incumbent Chairperson and two Commission Members ended in mid 2015. In summarizing the performance of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the past nine years, she touched upon building ACC…....

Adoption of the Recommendations on issues related to Election and Implementation of the Resolutions of the 14th Session

Posted on : 29 May 2015
While presenting the final report to the House today, the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee reported that based on the directives given by the House during the 3rd sitting of the present session, the Committee met on May 26, 2015 to re-deliberate and compile the final report after taking into consideration all the concerns raised by the Members. The House adopted the recommendations submitted by the Committee on election related…....

Ratification of International Conventions

Posted on : 28 May 2015
The 6th Sitting of the National Council of Bhutan saw the ratification of two international conventions viz. Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Introducing the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture said that due to the far sighted vision of His…....

Deliberations on Sustainable Hydropower Development and Employment Policies

Posted on : 27 May 2015
The 5th sitting of the National Council of Bhutan presided over by the Deputy Chairperson deliberated on two interim policy review reports - Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008 by the Ad-hoc Committee, and National Employment Policy, Program and Strategies by the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee. The members of the Ad-hoc Committee presented the ongoing review report on the Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008 which included literature review, conduct of…....

Deliberation on rationalization of Gewogs and tourism policy

Posted on : 26 May 2015
The 4th sitting of the National Council deliberated on two policy review reports - Rationalization of Gewogs presented by the Natural Resource and Environment Committee, and the Interim Report on Tourism Policies and Strategies by the Economic Affairs Committee. The Chairperson of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee presented the review report on the Rationalization of Gewogs which included, among others, chronology of past resolutions, list of Gewogs and Chiwogs…....

Deliberation on Committee Report on Election Related Issues

Posted on : 25 May 2015
The 3rd sitting of the National Council deliberated on the report submitted by the Legislative Committee on election related issues. Before proceeding with the business of the House, the Chairperson reminded the members on the three Royal Commands received by the Members of the National Council during the Dakyen Ceremony exactly 2 years ago requiring the Members of the National Council to serve the nation as an apolitical institution and…....
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