July 21, 2014
The National Council is holding a 3-day workshop in Paro beginning today to brainstorm and chalk out a road map or strategic plan for the next 4 years. The workshop is intended to provide the members a platform for self-introspection and also carry out a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity & threat) analysis of the National Council to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the discharge of its key legislative and review functions. The workshop is facilitated by two of the members from the National Council and is assisted by the secretariat officials.
July 18, 2014
The Tenancy Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed by the National Assembly during the 3rd Session of the Second Parliament and submitted to the National Council along with amendments. In the National Council, the Legislative Committee was assigned the task to review the Bill. To understand the rationale behind amendment of the Act, a presentation was sought from Ministry of Works & Human Settlement being the implementing agency.
The officials concerned from the ministry made a presentation on the Tenancy Act (Amendment) Bill on 16th July 2014 highlighting the various sections. They said that the main problem had been with enforcement of the provisions of the Act. Some of the difficulties were associated with the non-establishment of Dispute Settlement Committee, lack of clarity in the composition of the committee, non-execution of agreements between the house owner and tenants, uncertainty on security deposits, maintenance charges, etc. The Amendment Bill was expected to address these shortcomings.
The presentation on the Tenancy Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 enabled the Hon’ble Members to raise queries and seek clarifications on various aspects of the Bill. Hon Kuenlay Tshering, Chairman of the Legislative Committee said that the presentation was the first step towards holding a series of consultative meetings with the relevant stakeholders. The Bill will be submitted for deliberation in the 14th Session of the National Council.