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Press Conference on the Resolution passed in 20th Session

Posted on :08 December 2017

The Deputy Chairperson conducted a press conference on the resolution passed by the House in the 20th Session.


The Hon. Tshering Dorji, Deputy Chairperson thanked the media for informing the public of the proceedings and the resolutions of the house. 


He informed that the last session deliberated six legislative issues, four policy related issues and public accounts reports in the joint session.


The House endorsed the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017, Information, Communication & Media Bill 2016, Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and substance Abuse Bill, and re-deliberated the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017; and Tourism Exemption Levy Bill. 


Except for  the Tourism Exemption Levy Bill, the National Council all the other bills with amendments.


Besides, the House also adopted a set of recommendation on two policy issues that was prepared and presented to the house by the respective committees.


First, on the Legal aid services and legal aid policy issue which was submitted by the Legislative Committee, the House adopted the following resolutions to: 


1.   Formalize the provision of legal aid services and legal aid to indigent person in the country as top priority by:

  1.1) Ensuring that legal aid services is provided to both the civil and criminal cases;

  1.2)  Ensuring that in the case of civil matters, due caution be exercised right from the    

    beginning to prioritize the nature of cases such as those concerning family  

          (matrimonial), children, domestic violence, monetary matters, land/property issues  

           and issues arising from infringement of constitutional rights for the purpose of providing   


 1.3) Ensuring that the legal aid services and legal aid to indigent person  is          

available  from the time the accused is held in the custody to facilitate sufficient means to fairer judicial determinations;

 1.4) Considering adoption of either of the following annual income of a person to be eligible for    

        legal aid as an indigent person unless a better alternative is found:


                 1.4.1)  below Nu 39,000 in a year based on national minimum wage of Nu.125 per     

                             day (Nu.3,250/month), or

1.4.2)   below Nu 69,648 in a year for urban areas and Nu 39,012 in a year for rural

            areas based on the mean monthly per capita household expenditure in 2012;

 1.5) Ensuring the provision of adequate budgetary support and creating options to receive   

       donations, grants, subsidies, financial assistance from other legal sources;


2.    Consider drafting a separate legislation on legal aid, and, until such legislation is enacted,  

  make appropriate arrangement to deliver legal aid services and legal aid to indigent person; and,

Second, the House deliberated on the review report on the Assessment of Access to and use of G2C services presented by the Special Committee and adopted the following recommendations for consideration:

1.      Initiate an annual awareness program on available G2C services with ministries concerned to educate public on the availability of services that are not commonly used;


  1.  Make use of radio, television, social media and other platforms to reach mass audience in rural and urban settings;

3.       Conduct G2C online awareness programs at the Community Centers focusing on women and farmers in particular:

4.      Review the basis of TAT determination in view of disparate time taken as opposed to the standard TAT for several services;

5.      Address hindrances that prevent the G2C services to be delivered as per the Turn-Around-Time standard;

6.      Equip Community Centers and inaccessible areas in remote communities with reliable infocom network connectivity and power supply; and

7.      Provide Community Centers Operators with periodical trainings by agencies concerned on available G2C services.


The House ratified the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Countries.

In the AoB, the House also passed two motions on issues pertaining to leave encashment to LG members; and omission of budget allocated for black-topping of Chuzomsa-Baylandra road in Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag.



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