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Thematic Session with the Royal Court of Justice and Gross National Happiness Commission

Posted on :05 June 2018

The Chief Justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk gave an extensive talk on “Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and Democracy” and “Role of Parliamentarians and Challenges to Constitutionalism” during the second day of the thematic session for the Honorable Members. He was accompanied by three Justices and officials from the Supreme Court.

Highlighting on the development and evolution of hereditary monarchy to a democratic constitutional monarchy, the Chief Justice provided a broad perspective on the socio-economic & political status of the country after transition to a parliamentary democracy in 2008.

He explained the fundamental principles of the Constitution which is embedded with core values of sovereignty and security; supporting values of liberty & equality and structural values in the form of democracy and rule of law. He touched on the important and relevant provisions of the Constitution that will be beneficial to the members while carrying out their legislative and review mandate.

Furthermore, sharing relevant incidences the Chief Justice explained the importance of rule of law in a democracy and said that it is the responsibility of every individual to uphold and respect the rule of law for a vibrant democracy. He also talked on the salient features of a constitutional democracy including separation of powers, rights and duties, due process, principles of natural justice, judicial independence amongst others.

He urged the members of the National Council to play an important role in resolving issues and inconsistencies in the existing laws and policies.

In the afternoon, nine officials led by Dasho Thinley Namgyel, Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) made a presentation on the draft 12th five year plan (FYP).

Mr. Chencho, Chief Planning Officer from the GNHC, outlined the organogram and mandate of the Commission, and briefly presented the objectives of the 12th FYP in line with the His Majesty addresses & nine domains of Gross National Happiness. He also presented an overview of the plans in achieving the 12th FYP activities along with the National Key Result Areas and flagship programs.

He concluded his presentation projecting the budget allocation for the plans and programmes of the 12th FYP.

The second day of the thematic session concluded with the members seeking clarification from concerned officials.

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