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Posted on :10 May 2014

The ninth plenary meeting of the National Council held on 28 November 2013 finalized the agenda for the second session which will begin on 22 January 2014. The agenda includes initiation of the amendment of four Acts, ratification of two conventions, six sessions of Question Time with the government and deliberations on follow-up of resolutions of the first session and issues from different constituencies. The four Acts are the National Council Act 2008, Office of Attorney General Act 2006, Tobacco Control Act 2012 and Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act 2005. The two conventions, which were passed by the National Assembly and sent to the National Council, are Convention on Establishing the Multilateral Investment Agency and Double Tax Avoidance Agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of Republic of India. The Legislative Committee is spearheading the review of these Acts and consultations with stake holders. Every session of the National Council hereafter, will start with deliberations on the follow-up report of resolutions of the previous session. The House Committee will review and submit the report that it receives from the Royal Government. Issues from constituencies will be submitted by members to the House Committee by 10 December 2013. This Committee will then forward those issues admitted for consideration of the National Council to other committees for further deliberations and consultations. The second session is tentatively scheduled to conclude on 18 February 2014.

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