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Press Conference on Opening of 20th Session

Posted on :13 November 2017

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

He further reported that the session will begin with the follow-up report on the resolutions of the 19th session, and the House will deliberate four legislative issues, two policy reviews and a ratification of an international agreement.

The legislative issues will include the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017, the Bhutan Information, Communication & Media Bill 2016, re-deliberation on the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017, and an amendement of the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse Act of Bhutan 2015. The policy issues include a review on the Legal Aid to Indigent Person and a report on the Government to Citizen Services.

The House will also ratify the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Countries. The Joint Sitting of the Parliament will deliberate the Public Accounts Committee reports and disputed bills if any.

The sesssion will be punctuated by question time and will also include Constituency issues and AoB if any.

The Deputy Chairperson said that formal session of NC is a culmination of numerious plenary sessions, committe meetings and stakeholder consultation meetings with the relevant agencies since the last session.

A total of 55 plenary sessions and numerous committee meetings were conducted by the NC during this tenure.

The Spokesperson also reported that in carrying out its representational role, the Hon'ble Members have been travelling in their constituencies for the last couple of months to hear from the people at the grassroots. In addition to this, Hon'ble Members participated in regional and international parliamentary forums and conferences to represent the Parliament and exchange views on various issues.

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