June 18, 2014
The 13th session of the National Council concluded today with Tashi Moenlam. Prior to the closing session, the House conducted its final question hour session with the Minster for Economic Affairs and ratified the Resolutions of the 13th Session.
During the Question Hour, the National Council member from Wangduephodrang raised questions regarding the impact of blasting at Mangdechu Hydro Power Project on Trongsa Dzong and measures taken by the government to compensate communities near mega projects affected by blasting. He also enquired what activities were carried out by the large power projects as part of their corporate social responsibility. Read More »
17th June 2014
The following were discussed and decided upon today, during the 19th Sitting of the 13th session of the National Council of Bhutan:
1. The Tobacco Control Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014 was re-deliberated. The House decided to adopt the Bill as passed by the National Assembly of Bhutan. Some members argued that the Bill should be discussed in a joint sitting of the Houses in the next session of the parliament since the whole purpose of reviewing the Bill was to do away with imprisonment of people for selling and buying tobacco products. The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee opined that deferring the deliberation on the Bill by six months had the risk of people landing in prison. Others argued that for proper implementation of the Act earlier, the government had not provided manpower and resources and created necessary infrastructure such as designated smoking areas.
However, since the degree of punishment in the Bill had already been scaled down to repeat offenders and the amount of legal importation had been increased, the House, by a majority vote, passed the Bill as proposed by the National Assembly. Read More »