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17th Sitting: National Council Adopts Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022 and Civil Liability Bill of Bhutan 2022

Posted on : 27 June 2022
The Economic Affairs Committee, the Committee In-charge of the Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022 informed review works carried out by the Committee and presented the Bill for adoption. Accordingly, the House unanimously adopted the Bill with 21 ‘Yes’ and 1 ‘Abstain’ of 22 members present and voting. Similarly, the Legislative Committee, the Committee In-charge of the Civil Liability Bill of Bhutan shared an overview of the review works conducted…....

Introduction and deliberation on Tourism Levey Bill of Bhutan 2022

Posted on : 24 June 2022
In the afternoon, His Excellency Lyonpo Namgay Tshering Minister for Finance introduced the Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022. The Bill was deliberated in the National Assembly on 20th & 23rd June 2022 and was adopted today and forwarded to the National Council as a Money Bill. Introducing the Bill, Lyonpo highlighted that the reasons for amending the Bill were mainly to revise the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) from USD…....

Question Hour Session with the education minister

Posted on : 24 June 2022
On behalf of the House, the Deputy Chairperson of the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee, Hon’ble Sonam Pelzom reverted to the resolutions passed in the 28th Session of the National Council on Mental Health and Suicide issues in Bhutan addressed to the Ministry of Education. She said that the Ministry did not respond to the recommendations passed by the House, therefore, the House decided to follow up with the Ministry…....

16th Sitting: House adopts four Bills and rejects the Goods and Services Tax(Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022.

Posted on : 24 June 2022
As per the directives of the House in the 13th sitting of the ongoing session, the Economic Affairs Committee presented the general recommendations and adopted the Annual Budget Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2023, Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill of Bhutan for the FY 2022-2023 and Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill of Bhutan for the FY 2021-2022. Both the Bills were unanimously adopted with all 23 members present voting in the favour of the…....

15th Sitting: National Council adopts three Bills and calls for Accountability on GST

Posted on : 23 June 2022
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee, the Committee In-charge of the Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance presented the Bill for adoption. Accordingly, the House unanimously adopted the Bill with 21 Members present and voting. The Natural Resources & Environment Committee, the Committee In-charge of the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021 presented the Bill for adoption. The Members with a show of hands approved all the…....

Question Hour Session with Her Excellency Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo

Posted on : 22 June 2022
In the afternoon, the House conducted its Question Hour Session with Her Excellency Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo, Minister for Health. Hon’ble Member Kesang Chuki Dorjee representing the House asked a total of three questions to the Minister. Highlighting the harmful impact on health and the society at large due to easing access to alcohol, she reported that liver disease is still the top Non Communicable Disease killer in the country, also…....

Introduction of the Fiscal Incentives (FI) (Amendment ) Bill of Bhutan 2022 and the Good and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022

Posted on : 22 June 2022
As per section 47 of the Public Finance (Amendment) Act of Bhutan 2012, the Minister for Finance introduced the Fiscal Incentive (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022 and the Good and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022. The House then continued with the deliberation on the Annual Budget Report 2022-2023, Budget Appropriation Bill for FY 2022-2023, Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and proposed recommendations by the Economic Affairs Committee on…....

Introduced the Annual Budget for 2022-23 and the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill FY 2021-2022

Posted on : 21 June 2022
Today, His Excellency Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, Minister for Finance introduced the Annual Budget for 2022-23 and the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill FY 2021-2022. This was then followed by deliberations on the budget report 2022-2023 after the Economic Affairs Committee presented the recommendations on the Bills to the House. Introducing the Annual Budget for the FY 2022-23 to the House, the Minister briefly highlighted the economic performance and outlook, national response…....

10th Sitting: Deliberation on the Civil Liability Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2022.

Posted on : 16 June 2022
10th Sitting: Deliberation on the Civil Liability Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2022. The House today continued with the deliberation on the Civil Liability Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2022. The Bill was introduced to the House yesterday by the Legislative Committee. Deliberating on the provisions of the Bill, Members shared concerns that the same provisions covered by other Acts will create confusion during its implementation. The formulation…....

QUESTION TIME - Hon’ble Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs

Posted on : 15 June 2022
QUESTION TIME - Hon’ble Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs Watch live session our page fook page : National Council of Bhutan.....

Introduction to the Civil Liability Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2022.

Posted on : 15 June 2022
Introduction to the Civil Liability Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2022. The Legislative Committee (LC) introduced the Civil Liability Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2022 to the house. The Committee was assigned to draft the Bill in the 27th session and the Committee has been working on the drafting of the Bill since then. As per the statement of the objective and reasons, the main objective of the…....

Introduction of the Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance

Posted on : 13 June 2022
introduction of the Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance. The 8th Sitting of the National Council resumed with the introduction of the Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance by His Excellency Lyonpo Loknath Sharma, the Minister for Economic Affair. Introducing the Framework Agreement, Lyonpo reported that the idea of solar alliance was first initiated by India and France in November 2015. Lyonpo…....

Question hour session with Hon'ble Prime Minister.

Posted on : 13 June 2022
Question hour session with Hon'ble Prime Minister. The House conducted a question hour session with the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dasho (Dr.) Lotey Tshering this afternoon on the status of the enactment of the Legal Aid Act. Hon’ble Member Lhaki Dolma highlighted that the lack of legal aid has deprived vulnerable sections of the population from the constitutional right to have access to justice and fairness. She asked about the status…....

7th sitting

Posted on : 10 June 2022
The House continued deliberations on the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021. Most of the remaining provisions were approved. The House directed the Committee to discuss the disputed clauses along with the other Members before the final adoption of the Bill.....

Deliberation on the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021.

Posted on : 09 June 2022
Deliberation on the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. The Good Governance Committee presented the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 for deliberation. The Bill was introduced by the Minister-in-charge on 3rd June 2022. The Bill was passed in the 5th session of the 3rd Parliament of the National Assembly (NA) and forwarded to the National Council. The Good Governance Committee of the National Council (GGC)…....

Introduction of Biodiversity Bill of the Bhutan 2021.

Posted on : 06 June 2022
Introduction of Biodiversity Bill of the Bhutan 2021. The 3rd sitting of the National Council resumed with the introduction of the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2022 by His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Minister for Agriculture and Forests. Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor emphasized the importance of this revised Bill. He said the need for the revision of the Act became necessary to harmonize the Biodiversity Act with the existing policies, acts and…....

Introduction of the Royal Bhutan Police Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 03 June 2022
Introduction of the Royal Bhutan Police Bill of Bhutan 2021 The session was then followed by the introduction of the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021, by His Excellency Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji, Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs. Introducing the Bill, His Excellency reported that the primary reason to amend the whole Bill is to mainly harmonize and resolve the existing issues on implementing the Royal Bhutan Police Act 2009.…....

Follow-up on the resolution of the 28th session

Posted on : 03 June 2022
1. Follow-up on the resolution of the 28th session The House today resumed with the responses received by the relevant committees on the resolution passed by the National Council in the 28th session. The respective Committee highlighted the background and outlined the responses and implementation status of the resolution passed by the House during the 28th session. The Legislative Committee reported on the response received from the Office of the…....

Opening Ceremony of the 29th Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 02 June 2022
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The National Council Convenes Pre-Session Meeting

Posted on : 30 May 2022
In preparation for the 29th session of the National Council, a plenary session was held to update the findings of committees on the various legislative and policy issues assigned to the committees. Highlighting the need for the Civil Liability Bill (CLB) , extensive research as well as consultation meetings were held with the relevant stakeholders according to Hon'ble Dhan Kumar Sunwar, Chairperson of the Legislative Committee who reported on the…....

National Council performs Kurim for the 29th Session

Posted on : 30 May 2022
Led by His Excellency Thrizin Tashi Dorji, Chairperson of the National Council, the Hon'ble Members and Secretariat staff visited Dechenphu Lhakhang and Tashichho dzong to offer prayers for the successful and productive deliberation of the 29th session.....

Field Visits at NBC

Posted on : 28 May 2022
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee member visited the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) to explore and understand the ground realities and issues at the centre for a comprehensive review of the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021. The officials of the NBC presented the functions and different programs of work under NBC and the efforts on biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization, including the Access and Benefit Sharing regime in Bhutan. Following…....

NC conducts its 29th Session Press Conference

Posted on : 27 May 2022
The Deputy Chairperson along with the Committee Chairperson of the National Council met with the reporters from the BBS, Bhutan Times, Bhutan Today, Kuensel, and The Bhutanese on 27th May 2022. The press conference is conducted to brief the reporters on the agenda of the upcoming session of the National Council. The Deputy Chairperson reported that the session of the National Council will be held in the afternoon of 2…....

GGC Consultative Meeting with RCSC and OAG

Posted on : 26 May 2022
The Good Governance Committee of the National Council held a consultative meeting with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) and the Office of Attorney the General (OAG) on May 26, 2022, to discuss on the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021. The Meeting was attended by Hon. Commissioner and Chief Legal Officer of the Royal Civil Service Commission, and Senior Attorneys of the Office of the Attorney General. The stakeholder’s…....

Good Governance Committee of the National Council on a field visit

Posted on : 26 May 2022
In the process of reviewing the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021, Hon. Members of the Good Governance Committee of the National Council visited a detention center and prisons from 24th to 25th May 2022. The Committee visited Thimphu Detention Center, Chamgang Central Jail, Dawakha Women Open Air Prison and Tsimasham Youth Development and Rehabilitation Center. The Superintendent of the Prison Services Division of the Royal Bhutan Police and the…....

NREC consults with ECCC on the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 24 May 2022
NREC consults with ECCC on the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021 The National Council's Natural Resources and Environment Committee met with Hon. Members of the Environment and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) of the National Assembly to discuss issues on the Biodiversity Bill, 2021, for in-depth understanding. ECCC members have also indicated some confusion between MoAF and NEC concerning Bill's title. Nevertheless, the Committee submitted no reservation on the Bill and…....

Consultative meeting on Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021

Posted on : 23 May 2022
The Good Governance Committee of the National Council and National Assembly had a consultation meeting today to discuss on the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021. The Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly presented its amendment to the Bill during the 6th Session of the Third Parliament. The meeting discussed and debated the role of local governments in crime prevention activities, prosecution by the Royal Bhutan Police, the composition…....

The Good Governance Committee of the National Council met with the Royal Bhutan Police and the Department of Law and Order

Posted on : 17 May 2022
The Good Governance Committee of the National Council met with the Royal Bhutan Police and the Department of Law and Order today to discuss the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill 2021. The consultation meeting was attended by the Chief of Police, Additional Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police (Special Police Branch), and Superintendent of Police (Planning and Research Division) from the Royal Bhutan Police. The Director, Deputy Chief Program…....

Plenary meets to update on Committee (s) status

Posted on : 13 May 2022
A plenary session was held today to update the committee(s) finding on the various legislative issues under review. The respective Chairperson to the relevant committees updated on their working status to the Plenary. Hon’ble Member Lhaki Dolma, Chairperson of the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee reported and outlined the key findings of the Committee, which were the outcome of the various consultative meetings held with relevant stakeholders on the Framework…....

National Council Members visits Punakha Dzong

Posted on : 09 May 2022
The Deputy Chairperson and Hon’ble Members of the National Council visited Punakha Dzong to join the celebration of the founding of the Zhung Dratshang (Central Monastic Body) that turned four hundred years this year. The Zhung Dratshang is coordinating this historic celebration as Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal established the dual system of governance and constructed several Dzongs (Fortresses) to serve as the bedrock of continued flourishing of Buddha’s teachings. The celebration…....

Constituency Visit By Hon'ble Members

Posted on : 07 May 2022
The Hon'ble Chairperson is on tour to the central and eastern Dzongkhags meeting Local Government leaders and Dzongkhag officials. The Hon'ble Members of the National Council are currently visiting their constituencies. This parliamentary practice is carried out to fulfill their oversight function of the House. During the visit, the Members will not only disseminate information on the mandate of the House but also gather issues of critical importance that their…....

Consultation with MoAF and NEC on the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan, 2021

Posted on : 18 April 2022
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NREC meets to discuss Biodiversity Bill 2021

Posted on : 15 April 2022
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NREC meets to discuss on Bhutan Biodiversity Bill 2021

Posted on : 08 April 2022
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Stakeholders meeting on the “Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance”.

Posted on : 07 April 2022
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First Joint Committee Meeting on Civil Society Organizations (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021elects Chairpersons

Posted on : 24 February 2022
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National Council of Bhutan offers prayers for His Majesty’s good health, long life and wellbeing

Posted on : 21 February 2022
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Digital Engagement Platform-Consultation Workshop

Posted on : 17 February 2022
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First Joint Committee Meeting on UNCAC

Posted on : 16 February 2022
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Establishment of Joint Committee(s)

Posted on : 08 February 2022
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Constitution of Joint Committee for Civil Society Organization (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 08 February 2022
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National Council attends Whole-of-Government ICT Initiatives Presentation

Posted on : 26 January 2022
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Presentation on National Skills Development Initiative

Posted on : 14 January 2022
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Good Governance Committee Elects Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 11 January 2022
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council held its meeting today to elect the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Committee, and to discuss issues assigned to the Committee. The Committee unanimously elected Hon’ble Nima as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Sangay Dorji as the Deputy Chairperson. The Committee will review and present the Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance in the 29th Session of…....

National Council convenes its 27th Plenary Session

Posted on : 07 January 2022
The meeting was conducted to reflect on the 28th Session and to identify the issues to be deliberated in the next session. The House, during the meeting, identified the following issues for inclusion in the tentative agenda for the 29th session: 1. Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021; 2. Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan; 3. Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance; 4. Drafting of Civil…....

National Council Secretariat Staff 2022

Posted on : 06 January 2022
In recognition of their dedicated and sincere service to the institution, His Excellency Chairperson of the National Council awarded Tashi Khadhar and the promotion orders to 14 secretariat staff members in a small programme held at the Raven Lounge this morning. The programme was attended by the Secretary General, Director and Division Chiefs of the National Council Secretariat who congratulated them for their very well deserved promotions.....

NREC Elects New Chairperson and Dy. Chairperson

Posted on : 26 December 2021
Coinciding with the closing ceremony of the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, the Natural Resources and Environment Committee elected Honorable Dorji Khandu and Honorable Pema Dakpa as Chairperson and Dy. Chairperson respectively. The Hon. Dorji Khandu served as Dy. Chairperson prior to being elected as the Chairperson and holds M.Eng in Civil Engineering (WREM). Hon. Pema Dakpa holds an M.Sc in Food Technology and is currently serving a second term…....

Legislative Committee Elects New Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 25 December 2021
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Conclusion of the 28th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 24 December 2021
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Civil Servant Award 2021

Posted on : 15 December 2021
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