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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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12th Sitting of the 28th Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 13 December 2021
The 12th Sitting of the National Council (NC) commenced with the re-deliberation of the Civil Society Organizations (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. The House also adopted the final recommendations on the various legislation and policies reviews as proposed by the respective Committees. Hon’ble Phuntsho Rapten, Chairperson of the Legislative Committee (LC), presented the CSO (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 for re-deliberation. He reported that the Bill was thoroughly reviewed and…....

Ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)

Posted on : 10 December 2021
The Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) presented the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) for ratification in the 11th Sitting of the on-going session today. Hon’ble Member Ugyen Tshering, Chairperson of the EAC presented the final recommendations on the Convention for adoption. He reported that as per the directives of the House on November 30, 2021, the Committee held a follow up consultative meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and…....

Question Hour Session with the Minister for Economic Affairs

Posted on : 10 December 2021
The House conducted a question hour session with the Hon'ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma this afternoon. Hon’ble Member Karma Gyeltshen sought clarification on whether the Government is concerned about the delay of the Kholongchu project, and also raised questions on the work progress, plans and strategies to resolve the existing issues to expedite the construction of the Kholongchu project. Acknowledging all the concerns shared by the House,…....

Deliberation on Review Report on Mental Health Issues and Suicide in Bhutan

Posted on : 10 December 2021
In the 11th Sitting, the Members of the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) presented the review report on Mental Health Issues and Suicide in Bhutan to the House today. Hon’ble Lhaki Dolma, Chairperson of SCAC stated that the review is based on the mandate prescribed in the Constitution of Bhutan and the National Council Act. She also reported that the National Council identified mental health issues and suicides as…....

10th Sitting: Adoption

Posted on : 09 December 2021
As per the rules of procedure of the National Council (2016) as prescribed under chapter 16 - voting in the National Council, the House voted and adopted the the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021,Customs Duty (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021, Tax Bill of Bhutan 2021, Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021, Fiscal Incentives (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021, and ratified the Preferential Trade Agreement Between The…....

Deliberation on the Review Report on Drafting a Civil Liability Bill

Posted on : 09 December 2021
Deliberation on the Review Report on Drafting a Civil Liability Bill The House carried out an in-depth deliberation on the Review Report on Drafting a Civil Liability Bill presented by the Legislative Committee (LC). In the 27th Session of the National Council, the Legislative Committee recognized the need for a tort law in the country, and inspired by His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo’s vision of an accountable society based on…....

Deliberation on Fiscal Incentive (FI) Act of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 08 December 2021
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8th Sitting

Posted on : 07 December 2021
The Finance Minister, Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, introduced the Fiscal Incentives Bill of Bhutan 2021. The Bill was deliberated in the ongoing session of the National Assembly and adopted on 6 December 2021. The Bill was declared as a Money Bill and forwarded to the National Council. The Fiscal Incentives Bill was initially endorsed by the Parliament in 2010, 2016 and 2017 with the objective to stimulate economic growth, private sector…....

7th Sitting: Introduction and deliberation on the Money Bills

Posted on : 06 December 2021
The Finance Minister, Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, introduced three money bills in the House for amendment this morning. The Bills included the Custom Duty (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021; the Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021; and the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. Welcoming the Finance Minister and the officials accompanying him, the Chairperson of the National Council, His Excellency Tashi Dorji, informed that in accordance with…....

Deliberation of the Review Report on the Anti-Corruption Commission Annual Report 2020- 2021

Posted on : 02 December 2021
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Introduction and deliberation of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Royal Government of Bhutan

Posted on : 02 December 2021
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4th sitting of 28th session

Posted on : 01 December 2021
Deliberation on recommendations proposed by the Legislation Committee (LC) on the review report on Consolidation, Repeal and Publication of Legislations. The House today resumed it's deliberation on the five recommendations proposed by the Legislative Committee (LC) on the review report on Consolidation, Repeal and Publication of Legislations presented yesterday, 30 November 2021. While the House supported the recommendations as proposed by LC on the review report on Consolidation, Repeal and…....

3rd sitting of National council

Posted on : 30 November 2021
The Foreign Minister His Excellency Dr. Tandi Dorji introduced the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) to the House today. Following the introduction and responses to clarifications and concerns raised by the Hon’ble members, Hon’ble Member Ugyen Tshering, Chairperson of Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) presented the review report done by the Committee to the house. Highlighting the context and background of the UNCAC, Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji reported that the…....

Deliberation on The Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 29 November 2021
The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee of the National Council, Hon'ble Surjaman Thapa presented the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 during the first sitting of the 28th Session of the National Council on Friday November 26, 2021. The House deliberated some of the provisions submitted by the Committee on the Bill today. In the last session, the National Assembly had adopted the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill for Bhutan 2021…....

The opening of 28th session of National Council.

Posted on : 26 November 2021
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Opening of the 6th Session of the Third Parliament of Bhutan

Posted on : 24 November 2021
As enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan under Article 10 (6) which states that “At the commencement of each session of Parliament, the Druk Gyalpo shall be received in a joint sitting of Parliament with Chibdrel Ceremony. Each session shall be opened with a Zhugdrel-phunsum tshog-pai ten-drel and each session shall conclude with the Tashi-mon-lam”. The opening ceremony of the 6th Session of the Third Parliament was…....

Press Conference for the 28th Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 23 November 2021
Press Conference for the 28th Session of the National Council of Bhutan In the press conference conducted today, Deputy Chairperson Hon’ble Jigme Wangchuk, who is also the Spokesperson of the National Council highlighted the agenda of the 28th Session. The Spokesperson reported that the opening session of the of 6th session of the Third Parliament will be commencing on 24th November, 2021 and the opening of the 28th session of…....

NC offers Kurim

Posted on : 22 November 2021
As per tradition, the Hon’ble Chairperson led the Hon’ble Members, Secretary General, and Director of the National Council to Dechenphu Monastery followed by a visit to the Tashichho Dzong earlier today. The visit is carried out to seek out blessings for the success of the winter session from the principal abode Protector-Deity, Gyenyen Jagpa Milen, and Dorji Daktshen.....

NC finalizes the agenda of the 28th Session

Posted on : 19 November 2021
In the plenary meeting held today, the Standing Committees' Chairpersons briefed the plenary on the findings and draft recommendations of their respective legislative and policy review assignments for the 28th Session. Hon’ble Member Phuntsho Rapten, Chairperson of the Legislative Committee presented a review report on the Civil Liability Bill and redundant Acts. Hon’ble Member Surjaman Thapa, Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee highlighted the issues and findings of their review…....

Submission of the Annual Audit Reports

Posted on : 15 November 2021
The Auditor General Mr. Tashi of the Royal Audit Authority called on His Excellency Tashi Dorji, Chairperson of the National Council today to submit the Annual Audit Report. This is carried out in line with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan under Article 25 (5) which states that the “Auditor General shall submit an Annual Audit Report to the Druk Gyalpo, the Prime Minister and Parliament”. The Auditor General…....

Consultation Meeting to discuss on Redundant Acts.

Posted on : 10 November 2021
The Legislative Committee met with the officials from Judiciary led by Drangpon and court registrars, Office of the Attorney General and private practicing lawyers to discuss on the redundant Acts. The Committee is in process of reviewing and listing redundant Acts that have not been in use for a long period of time, or legislations and its provisions that have been amended by later laws but which have not been…....

ABTO And HRAB presents to the EAC

Posted on : 05 November 2021
Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) and Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB) made a presentation to the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council on how the tourism sector is being affected by the pandemic. Tourism sector being one of the most adversely affected sectors, they felt the need to seek support through fiscal and structural adjustments to revive the sector once tourism re-opens in the country. Their…....

Discussion on Agenda

Posted on : 04 November 2021
His Excellency Tashi Dorji, Chairperson of the National Council, and His Excellency Wangchuk Namgyel, Speaker of the National Assembly met today in the Speaker’s Chamber to discuss and finalize the Agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session. Their Excellencies discussed a wide range of issues and legislation that will be deliberated in the session. As the poll day for the third local government election falls within the parliamentary session, in respecting…....

GGC Conducts Consultative Meeting with ACC on the Annual Report 2020-2021

Posted on : 03 November 2021
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council conducted a consultative meeting with the Anti-Corruption Commission on the Commission’s Annual Report 2020-2021. Nine officials from the Commission led by the Hon'ble Chairperson attended the Meeting. The Commission made a comprehensive presentation on the Report. The presentation covered performances of the Commission, its organizational outlook, resolutions passed by the Parliament, and way forward. Following the presentation, the Meeting discussed at…....

EAC Conducts Consultation Meeting

Posted on : 26 October 2021
EAC Conducts Consultation Meeting on UNCAC and PTA October 26, 2021: The Economic Affairs Committee held its Consultation Meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The main objective of consulting MoFA to discuss on the proposed actions to address the legal dilemma arising out of the inability to deposit Parliament’s reservation on Art 66(2) of the UNCAC. Three officials from MoFA attended…....

Legislative Committee consults ministries

Posted on : 22 October 2021
In continuation to the consultative process, the Legislative Committee met with the legal and other officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Bhutan Medical and Health Council, National Land Commission and Thimphu Thromde to discuss on the Civil Liability/ Torts Bill. As provisions governing compensations…....

National council visited Hindu Temple to offer prayers and good wishes to Their Majesties coinciding with 10th Royal Wedding Anniversary

Posted on : 14 October 2021
Led by the Hon'ble Chairperson, the Hon'ble Members and Secretariat of the National Council visited the Hindu Temple to offer prayers and good wishes to Their Majesties coinciding with 10th Royal Wedding Anniversary and the Durga Puja which is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over evil....

Celebrated 10th Royal Wedding

Posted on : 13 October 2021
His Excellency the Chairperson, Hon’ble Members, Secretary General, Director and the Secretariat staff of the National Council celebrated the 10th Royal Wedding Anniversary with offering of butter lamps and Zhabten for the long and healthy lives of Their Majesties followed by a cake cutting ceremony. The Chairperson also expressed gratitude to three students from Jigme Singye Wangchuck Law School, Tika Ram Basnet, Tashi Norbu and Tshering Zangmo who wrote an…....

Posted on : 12 October 2021
22 parliamentary staff are undergoing a 5-days training on media content creation and effective communication starting from 11th -15th October 2021 at Paro.....

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee takes consultation meeting on Suicide and Mental Health Issues to the East

Posted on : 12 October 2021
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee takes consultation meeting on Suicide and Mental Health Issues to the East Towards collecting regional balanced views and perspectives about the Suicide and Mental Health, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee conducted consultation meetings in Trashigang Dzongkhag on 8th and 9th October. The Committee met with the Dzongdag and relevant officials of Dzongkhag Administration, teachers and students of Trashigang Middle Secondary School, faculties and…....

GGC Conducts Consultative Meeting with BTI on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 07 October 2021
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council held its consultative meeting with the Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI), a Civil Society Organization to discuss on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. Six Officials from the BTI led by Hon’ble Chairperson of the Board, Lyonpo Dr. Kinzang Dorji attended the Meeting. Dr. Rinzin Rinzin, Executive Director of BTI shared its proposal on the amendment with justification and rationale of…....

GGC of the Two Houses held Consultative Meeting on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 06 October 2021
Hon’ble Members of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council and the National Assembly met today to deliberate on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. The Committees discussed and debated on the provisions amended by the National Assembly. Hon’ble Members shared views and opinions on the proposed amendment of the Anti-Corruption Commission, and background and rationale of the amendments made by the National Assembly. The Meeting extensively…....

GGC Consultative Meeting with OAG on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 05 October 2021
Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council met with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to discuss on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. Four officials from the Office attended the consultation meeting. The Meeting particularly discussed on the provisions amended by the National Assembly and sought views and opinions of the Office. The Meeting also discussed on the issues concerning constitutionality of prosecution by the Anti-Corruption…....

GGC Consults ACC on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 05 October 2021
October 4, 2021: Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council conducted its consultation meeting with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bhutan to discuss on the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021. Seven officials from the Commission led by Hon’ble Chairperson attended the consultation meeting. The Commission made a comprehensive presentation on proposed amendment submitted to the National Assembly and actual provisions amended by the National Assembly. Subsequent to the…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee visits Ugyen Academy and Phuntshothang Higher Secondary School in Punakha.

Posted on : 29 September 2021
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee visited Ugyen Academy and Phuntshothang Higher Secondary School yesterday to discuss Suicide and Mental Health issues. At the Ugyen Academy, the Committee conducted an extensive interactive session with Principal, Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer, Vice Principal, 11 relevant teachers and 79 students. The discussion revolved around root causes of mental health issues such as family issues, parent-children relationship, substance abuse, online games and cyberbully among…....

SCAC visits Paro Dzongkhag and Paro College of Education on Suicide and Mental Health Issues

Posted on : 21 September 2021
SCAC visits Paro Dzongkhag and Paro College of Education on Suicide and Mental Health Issues The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee visited Paro Dzongkhag Administration in the morning yesterday to discuss suicide and mental health issues with the relevant officials there. Led by Dasho Dzongrab, the Dzongkhag Thrizin, Mangmi, Thromde Thuemi and a representative from the Royal Bhutan Police, Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer, Dzongkhag Health Officer, RENEW focal, as well…....

The Ministry of Education (MoE) consults Parliament of Bhutan on Education Roadmap for the 21st Century

Posted on : 14 September 2021
The Ministry of Education (MoE) consults Parliament of Bhutan on Education Roadmap for the 21st Century The meeting was attended by the Hon'ble Chairperson, Hon'ble Speaker and Hon'ble Opposition Leader as well as Hon'ble Members from the National Council and National Assembly. The Secretary General, Director of National Council Secretariat, Director of National Assembly Secretariat also attended the consultations. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session.....

The Public Accounts Committee conducts consultation meetings with Chukha Dzongkhag and Dratshang Lhentshog

Posted on : 14 September 2021
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) along with a team from the Royal Audit Authority conducted a consultative meeting with Dzongkhag and Gewog administrations of Chukha in the morning and with Dratshang Lhentshog in the afternoon at the Lhen-zom Khangzang in the National Assembly today to discuss the unresolved financial irregularities as reported in the Annual Audit Report 2020. While some issues were resolved during the meeting the remaining unresolved issues…....

NREC consults BCCI

Posted on : 13 September 2021
NREC consults BCCI The Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the National Council had a virtual meeting with the officials of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) today.The meeting is a part of the ongoing review of the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) under the Ministry of Finance. The meeting highlighted the private sector's views on the SOEs; impact of SOEs to the private sector; and possibilities of privatization…....

The Public Accounts Committee conducts consultation meetings with Dzongkhag & Gewog Administrations of Thimphu, Paro & Haa.

Posted on : 11 September 2021
The Public Accounts Committee conducts consultation meetings with Dzongkhag & Gewog Administrations of Thimphu, Paro & Haa. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) along with a team from the Royal Audit Authority conducted a consultative meeting with Dzongkhag and Gewog administrations of Thimphu, Paro & Haa at the Lhen-zom Khangzang in the National Assembly to discuss the unresolved financial irregularities as reported in the Annual Audit Report 2020. The meeting could…....

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee visits Dechencholing and Changangkha Schools in Thimphu.

Posted on : 10 September 2021
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee visits Dechencholing and Changangkha Schools in Thimphu. Recognizing that young boys and girls are most vulnerable to the issue of suicide and mental health, SCAC visited Dechencholing Higher Secondary School in the afternoon yesterday and Changangkha Middle Secondary School earlier today to understand the situation in the schools. School Counsellor from Dechencholing shared that family issues such as divorce, alcoholic parents and lack of…....

Presentation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Bhutan’s Foreign Policy and its Implementation

Posted on : 10 September 2021
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) presented Bhutan’s Foreign Policy and its implementation to the Members of the National Council. The Ministry has started to outreach its programmes with objectives to familiarize stakeholders and agencies on Bhutan’s Foreign Policy, share MFA’s role and functions, to strengthen collaboration and coordination. Hon. Members were briefed on the overview of Bhutan’s Foreign Policy, Conduct of Foreign Relations, Protocol and Consular Services, Challenges, and…....
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