January 24, 2014
The first follow up reports were on the recommendations endorsed by both the Houses on the Annual Budget Report.
Presentations were then made on the implementation status of the recommendations of the 1st session of the National Council by various agencies of the government on the following issues:
- Restoration and renovation of sacred artifacts
- Legality of imposing restriction on mining activities by Dzongkhag Tshodu (DT) within their geographical jurisdiction
- Impact assessment of mining activities
- Trowa Theatre land case
- Performance Audit on Constituency Development Grant (CDG)
While the Committees were tasked to consider whether the reports merited further deliberations to come up with additional recommendations, the House resolved to close the Trowa Theatre case as all the recommendations were conformed to by the concerned agencies.
January 22, 2014
The Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Session of National Council of the 2nd Parliament began with a Marchang ceremony in the National Council Hall at 2.30 pm. Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly and Hon’ble Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs were present at the ceremony.
In his inaugural address, the Chairperson expressed his gratitude to Their Majesties the Fourth and Fifth Kings for Their valuable guidance and advice at all times. He further expressed his appreciation to His Holiness the Je Khenpo, His Holiness Je Thrizur and Venerable Rinpoches for performing outer, inner and secret rituals at all times. He pleaded for their continued blessings for the benefit of the country, people and all sentient beings.