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  • January 30, 2014

    The House, today, continued its deliberations on the National Council Act (Amendment) Bill 2014. Before the discussion was open to the floor, the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, once again, explained the reasons why the National Council Act 2008 had to be amended just after five years. He said that based on past experiences, all incongruities and inconsistencies in the Act must be weeded out and relevant provisions incorporated so that the Act remained relevant for longer duration. The Chairperson of the National Council too emphasized that amendment was not for the benefit of the incumbent members but for strengthening the status of the National Council to serve the interest of the Nation in the most effective manner.

    Although the National Council is recognized as a permanent house, a provision has not been clearly mentioned in the National Council Act. The House, therefore, agreed to add a provision stating that ‘the National Council is a permanent House that shall not be dissolved at any time.’ An additional clause allowing a member to re-contest for another term without having to resign at the end of his tenure is expected to further strengthen the status of the National Council as a permanent House. Read More »

  • January 29, 2014

    29-01-14 Dy. ChairThe Chairperson of the Legislative Committee introduced the National Council Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014 and the Tobacco Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014.

    He explained the background, objective and the reasons for having to amend the National Council Act, following which, the members presented their views on the permanent nature of the House, resignation of the members, maintaining apolitical character of the House and Question Hour as one of the key instruments for reviewing government policies and programmes. 

    Introducing the Tobacco Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014, the Legislative Committee Chairperson stated that the need for amendment had arisen in the light of, among others, the following questions:

    1. Did the act benefit the society at large?
    2. Did the act manage to control or stop the consumption of the tobacco?
    3. Did the act stop black market?
    4. Did the act manage to improve revenue for the government exchequer?
    5. Did the act mange to stop the availability of tobacco in the market after the ban?

    The members presented their views on the rise of tobacco related cases, stringency of penalties, Read More »