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7th Sitting

Posted on :25 June 2018

The National Council of Bhutan unanimously adopted the Interim Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2018-2019 & the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2017-18 with 23 votes. The House also adopted the recommendations of the Annual Anti Corruption Commission Report 2017 proposed by the Good Governance Committee.

Introducing the Bill, Hon. Finance Minister gave an overview on the implementation of 11FYP and the major achievements of the government such as the enhancement of agriculture and livestock productivity, establishment of Central Schools, the northern east-west highway, and helicopter services. At the gewog level to enhance the local government most of the gewog center roads have been black topped, utility vehicles have been provided to Gewogs besides establishing farm shops, service centers and banking services among many other activities.

The Supplementary Budget Appropriation for the Financial Year 2017-18 for a sum not exceeding Nu.703.956 million and the revised budget after supplementary appropriation of a sum not exceeding Nu.61, 481.827 million were reported.

Highlighting the budget allocated on the Interim Budget and Appropriation Bill for FY 2018-19, the Finance Minister reported that the Interim Budget Appropriation for the Financial Year 2018-19 was a sum not exceeding Nu.36,317.924 million, comprising of capital budget of Nu.7,242.757 million for six months and current budget of Nu.29,075.167 million for one year. After the presentation of the Bills, seven members sought clarification from the Minister.

The Chairperson of the GGC presented to the House two recommendations on Annual ACC Report 2017. An internal meeting was conducted to resolve the issues with the concerned Members by the Committee.

The proposed recommendations by the Committee were to ensure adequate budget allocation for the independent and effective functioning of ACC by the government and the provision of specific origin and categorization of complaints against local governments maintained by the Commission. The House unanimously adopted the proposed recommendations.

Tomorrow, the House will conduct a Plenary Session.

 

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