January 17, 2012
The National Council today deliberated on the need to legalize the use of electric fencing. The Hon'ble Member from Lhuentse said that human-wildlife conflict has been one of the major setbacks to agricultural development in Bhutan during the past decade and a half. This has not only compromised the fulfilment of the goal of food self-sufficiency, but also contributed towards increase in rural-urban migration, shortage of farm labour and increase in social disharmony.
He said that in recognition of these multiple problems, the National Council had submitted a set of recommendations and follow up questions to the Government during its 2nd, 5th and 7th sessions. The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests had accordingly conducted researches and developed locally manufactured electric fencing which is 60-70% cheaper than the imported ones. However, the Bhutan Energy Authority has banned the use of electric fences under the Bhutan Electricity Act 2001. Read More »
January 16, 2012
The National Council today adopted three Bills, namely, the Bhutan Institute of Medical Sciences Bill, the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill and the Parliamentary Entitlement (Amendment) Bill.
On BIMS , the House resolved to retain the provisions in the Bill wherein the Institute shall function as an independent body. On the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill, the House resolved to repeal certain provisions in the Tobacco Control Act allowing distribution, transport, sale and purchase of tobacco and tobacco products so long as prescribed taxes are paid. Read More »