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6th Sitting of the National Council

Posted on :22 June 2018

The House ratified the Agreement between Bhutan and Bangladesh for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes of Income. The Minister for Finance, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji introduced the Agreement.

In his introduction, he emphasized that the main objectives of the agreement were to resolve and minimize the incidences of double taxations on cross border transactions and enhance trade and strengthen relationship between the two countries. He also responded to the questions raised by the Honourable Members regarding the Agreement and also ensured that he would forward written responses for the unanswered queries.

The Foreign Relations Committee was assigned the task to review the Agreement. The House briefly deliberated on the opinions and concerns provided by the Committee, and unanimously ratified the Agreement.

As directed by the House in the earlier sitting, the concerned Members presented the decisions made on the follow-up reports of G2C Services and LG Members’ Leave Entitlement. It was reported the former to be satisfying, whereas the latter was decided to be forwarded to the next Government for clearer provisions in LG Members’ Leave Entitlement Rules and Regulation 2017.

Question Time Session

Later in the afternoon, the House conducted its question time session with the Minister for Agriculture and Forest on the farm shops/Sanam Tshongkha.

Giving a brief overview on the objectives and the recommendations passed by the National Council on the review of Agriculture policies and appreciating the necessary action taken by the concern agencies on the recommendations, Hon. Pema Dakpa, Zhemgang raised two questions with regard to the farm shop to the Minister.

Responding to the question, the Hon’ble Minister Yeshey Dorji, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest said that among many major activities conducted by the ministry to promote businesses in the country, farm shop is one among many activities where the Ministry has focused on and till date the ministry has established 163 farm shops across the country. He said the main objective of the operation of farm shops is to provide access to essential food items, farm inputs and market outlet through buyback mechanism.

Highlighting on the operation of farm shop since 2015, he reported that the commodities and quality purchased by farm shops through buy back mechanism amount to about Nu.200, 000,000, further stating that the buy-back price based on the cost of production with some conditions which includes the quality of commodities.

Additional questions and recommendations were made by the Hon’ble Member to further improve marketing infrastructure in the rural communities.

On Monday the House will deliberate on the Budget and Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2018-2019.

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