June 3, 2014
Today, the Hon’ble Minister of Ministry of Finance introduced the pay revision report to the National Council of Bhutan. He outlined the background, principle and objectives for increasing the salary of civil servant. The members raised pertinent questions and sought clarification as to how the government proposes to meet the finances for the proposed pay revision.
The House deliberated on the outlining principles for the proposed pay revision and then dwelt on the report section by section. It also considered the viability of sources for financing pay revision which according to the report was expected to be met through cost cutting measures, additional revenue from Chukha power tariff revision, additional PIT from salary increase, tax revenue from the change in the vehicle quota system and withdrawal of the government pool vehicles.
Since, the cost cutting measures for meeting pay revision were yet to be implemented and only the definitive source was from Chukha power tariff revision, the house resolved to propose for deferment of pay increase for the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and equivalent post holders, Members of Parliament, Holders and members, Commissioners of Constitutional Bodies, Privy Council, Attorney General and Government Secretaries, until it was certain that the national exchequer would be able to meet such expenses. Read More »
2 June, 2014
The 11th Sitting of the National Council adopted the Office of Attorney General Bill 2014 and the Local Government Act (Amendment) Bill 2014.
Since 2nd June is the auspicious Coronation Day of His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, the sitting began with the Chairperson thanking and appreciating all the esteemed monarchs of the past and present for their selfless sacrifices made for the good of the people and the country. He said that the Coronation Day of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo is observed as the Social Forestry Day because the Fourth King was a champion of environmental conservation. He pointed out that important dates in the lives our beloved monarchs are celebrated to mark important events such as Social Forestry Day, Children’s Day, Teachers Day etc., and in so doing, he cautioned that the actual significance of the days relating to the monarchs should not be forgotten.
The Office of Attorney General Bill 2014 was introduced and deliberated on 21st May, 2014. Although most of the sections in the Bill were passed by the House, there were few sections that needed further scrutiny. The Legislative Committee, as directed by the Chairperson, revisited those sections in an in-house meeting, and accordingly, based on its recommendations, the House unanimously adopted the Bill. The Bill will be submitted to the National Assembly for deliberation in the winter session (4th session of the National Assembly). Read More »