May 30, 2014
The 10th sitting of the National Council adopted the National Assembly Act (Amendment) Bill 2014.
The National Assembly Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 was introduced on 27th May, 2014. The House deliberated on the Bill during its 8th Sitting on May 28, 2014. While the main focus of the deliberations was on section 18 and 19.1 and 19.2, addition of new sections and minor changes were proposed in other sections. At the end of the deliberations on 27th May 2014, the Chairperson directed the Legislative Committee to conduct an in-house meeting to iron out the differences, take into considerations the concerns expressed by the members and come up concrete proposal for adoption to be presented today. Read More »
May 29, 2014
The 9th sitting of the National Council of Bhutan voted to withdraw the Right to information Bill 2014.
The Right to Information Bill (RTI Bill) was passed by the National Assembly during its 2nd Session and forwarded to the National Council for deliberation during its 13th Session. The Chairperson of the National Council assigned the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) for analysis and public consultations before tabling it to the House for adoption.
The Chairperson to the FRC submitted the background and reasons as to why the Committee could not proceed with the review process with the RTI Bill. While the members were unanimous in recognizing the importance of the RIT Bill, however, since the Committee could not get a presentation on time from the Ministry of Information and Communications, it could not conduct consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders and carry out in-depth study on the Bill. Read More »