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.
15 July 2014
The outgoing ambassador of India to Bhutan, His Excellency Mr. VP Haran called on the Chairperson of the National Council this afternoon. The Hon’ble Dy. Chairperson of the National Council and the Secretary General of the Council Secretariat were also present during the meeting.
The Chairperson, on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan and on his own behalf expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the outgoing ambassador for his contribution in further strengthening the bi-lateral relations between Bhutan and India and being instrumental in garnering support for the 11th Five Year of Bhutan.
H.E. Mr. VP Haran highlighted on the success of the various high level visits and implementations of the GoI assisted Projects in Bhutan that have taken place during his tenure. He also said that it was a rare privilege and a good experience for him to work with a neighboring country like Bhutan.
After completing his 19 months as the Ambassador of India to Bhutan, H.E. Mr. VP Haran will be returning to India at the end of this month.