June 9, 2014
The 16th Sitting of the 13th Session of the National Council deliberated on four issues namely, the review of issue pertaining to distribution of liquefied petroleum Gas and Superior Kerosene oil in Bhutan, Policy Review on Import of secondhand Electrical Vehicles, follow up on the resolutions of 12th session of the National Council and on the respond received from the National Assembly to the proposal made by the National Council on the withdrawal of Right to Information (RTI) Bill.
The Chairperson and the members of the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) presented a report on the review of the distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) in the country. The report was based on the directive of the House during the 11th session of the National Council 2013 pertaining to the LPG and SKO. The review report comprises of data analysis, observation and summary of recommendations by the Committee. During the deliberation on the review report, the members submitted their views and additional recommendations for the Committee to consider. The EAC was further directed to finalize the recommendations taking into account the proposals of the members.
The Deputy Chairperson of the National Council submitted a review report on import of secondhand electric vehicles. He highlighted the background and rationality of the government’s decision to import secondhand electrical vehicles. Most members, while appreciating the government’s decision to find alternatives to fossil fuel import, they were against the import of used cars as it contravened the existing law banning import of second hand vehicles. Read More »
June 6, 2014
The 15th Sitting of the National Council deliberated on the Annual Anti-Corruption Report 2013.
The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) and the Hon’ble Members of the Committee of the GGC presented a brief on the annual report 2013 of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which included the performance of the Anti-Corruption Commission, international standing on corruption, implementation status of parliamentary resolutions and the challenges and issues in fighting corruption.
According to the report, the commission has instituted four thematic sectors namely the human resources management and development sector, procurement and construction sector, land and natural resources sector and finance and business sector to improve the anti-corruption services delivery. Each sector delivers public education, prevention and investigation services in their respective area.
The report showed that Bhutan ranked 31st position among 177 countries and territories as per the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (TI CPI) 2013, while the target was to attain the 20th position and sustaining the rank in 6th position among 28 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Bhutan, for the first time has been included in the Global Competiveness Index (GCI) 2013-14 and ranks 109 out of 148 countries. Both the scores of TI CPI and GCI are just over average, which renders Bhutan vulnerable to corruption. Read More »