February 03, 2014
The National Council completed its deliberations on the remaining National Council Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014 and continued its discussions on the Tobacco Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014.
On the National Council Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014, the House endorsed most of the recommendations submitted by the Legislative Committee. The Chairperson requested interested members to join the Legislative Committee to help improve the final recommendations.
While deliberating on the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014, as submitted by the Legislative Committee, the House deliberated at length on the need to amend the Bill once again. Read More »
January 30, 2014
The House, today, continued its deliberations on the National Council Act (Amendment) Bill 2014. Before the discussion was open to the floor, the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, once again, explained the reasons why the National Council Act 2008 had to be amended just after five years. He said that based on past experiences, all incongruities and inconsistencies in the Act must be weeded out and relevant provisions incorporated so that the Act remained relevant for longer duration. The Chairperson of the National Council too emphasized that amendment was not for the benefit of the incumbent members but for strengthening the status of the National Council to serve the interest of the Nation in the most effective manner.
Although the National Council is recognized as a permanent house, a provision has not been clearly mentioned in the National Council Act. The House, therefore, agreed to add a provision stating that ‘the National Council is a permanent House that shall not be dissolved at any time.’ An additional clause allowing a member to re-contest for another term without having to resign at the end of his tenure is expected to further strengthen the status of the National Council as a permanent House. Read More »