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NREC continues consultation with SOEs

Posted on : 04 August 2021
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee held a consultative meeting with the State-Owned Enterprises under the portfolio of the Ministry of Finance today. Officials from the National Pension and Provident Fund, Bhutan Development Bank, National CSI Development Bank, Bhutan Duty-Free Limited, and Ministry of Finance attended the meeting. The discussions focused on the mandates, financial performance, corporate social responsibility, challenges and way forward, amongst others.....

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) conducted a consultative meeting

Posted on : 04 August 2021
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) conducted a consultative meeting with Dzongkhag Administration and Gewogs of Lhuentse, Mongar and Trashi Yangtse at Trashigang Dzongkhag Tshogdu Hall to review and get update on the unresolved financial irregularities of Dzongkhag Administration and Gewogs of Lhuentse, Mongar and Trashi Yangtse as reported in the Annual Audit Report 2020. The committee could successfully resolve some issues of unresolved financial irregularities. PAC has directed the Dzongkhag…....

NREC consults SOEs under MoAF

Posted on : 03 August 2021
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee held a consultative meeting with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) under the portfolio of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) today. The meeting was attended by the officials from Farm Machinery Corporation Limited, Green Bhutan Corporation Limited, Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited, Cooperatives, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, and the Ministry of Finance. This is the first of a series of consultative meetings the…....

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) conducted a consultative meeting

Posted on : 03 August 2021
2nd August, 2021: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) conducted a consultative meeting with Dzongkhag Administration and Gewogs of Pema Gatshel and Trashigang at Trashigang Dzongkhag Tshogdu Hall to review and get update on the unresolved financial irregularities of Dzongkhag Administration and Gewogs of Trashigang and Pema Gatshel as reported in the Annual Audit Report 2020. The committee after an extensive discussion on the issues of unresolved financial irregularities, could facilitate…....

Three additional DeSuups voluntered from the National Council

Posted on : 15 July 2021
Three additional DeSuups from the National Council - Desuup Phuntsho Rapten, Desuup Nima and Desuup Choining Dorji volunteered and left for Gelephu today with 24 Thimphu DeSuups for a month long duty for quarantine facility construction. They will be engaged in the construction of the 200 bedded quarantine facility construction in Sarpang. 125 Desuup volunteers from 9 Dzongkhags will be posted there. The National Council family would like to thank…....

Parliament Committee on SCAC attends Meeting of the Standing Committee of Asian Parliamentary Assembly

Posted on : 14 July 2021
A 12 member parliamentary delegation attended a virtual meeting of the Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs, Asian Parliamentary Assembly. The meeting was hosted by Islamic Republic of Iran from Tehran. From the 42 member countries, parliamentarians from 20 participated in the event. There were 13 draft resolutions on various issues of prime importance to the APA Member Countries which the meeting discussed and adopted 11. The remaining 2…....

Hon’ble Members of the Parliament Attends Pre and Post Legislative Scrutiny Seminar

Posted on : 13 July 2021
A 3-day seminar on pre and post legislative scrutiny commenced from today for the Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Officials. As a hybrid event, resource persons from various international institutes conducted the session through online conferencing. The seminar is organized by Inter Pares in collaboration and coordination with the European Union and International IDEA. Professor Dr. Helen Xanthaki, University College London and Dr. Maria Mousmouti, University of London delivered a…....

Presentation on Annual Audit Report (AAR) 2020 and Performance Audit Reports

Posted on : 09 July 2021
The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) presented its Annual Audit Report (AAR) 2020 and Performance Audit Reports to the National Council. Led by the Auditor General, twelve officials from the RAA attended the meeting. The presentation is as per the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Audit Act of Bhutan 2018, and Rules of Procedure, PAC. The Chairperson of the PAC, Hon. Member Ugyen Tshering chaired the meeting. Highlighting the Annual…....

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee elected Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 08 July 2021
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee elected Hon’ble Lhaki Dolma as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Sonam Pelzom as the Dy. Chairperson during the Committee’s 21st meeting held today. Following the election, chaired by the new Chairperson, the committee discussed and planned way forward on the agendas assigned to the committee by the house for the 28th session.....

23rd Plenary Session of the National Council

Posted on : 06 July 2021
The National Council convened its 23rd plenary meeting today mainly to distribute work among the Committees to prepare for the next session. The Legislative Committee was assigned to review the implementation of laws, drafting Civil Liability/Tort and CSO Bills. The Economic Affairs Committee shall review the Preferential Trade Agreement between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Royal Government of Bhutan and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Amendment.…....

Seven Desuups from the National Council volunteered for Southern Border Deployment

Posted on : 06 July 2021
6th July 2021: Seven Desuups from the National Council volunteered and left to Lhamoizingkha, Dagana, for a month-long Southern Border Deployment this morning. The National Council family would like to thank them for their up-front willingness and dedication to the call of the nation. Volunteerism at its best.....

National Council observed July month’s Zero Waste Hour

Posted on : 02 July 2021
Led by the Hon’ble Chairperson, the National Council observed July month’s Zero Waste Hour from 4PM to 5PM today by removing weeds from the flower gardens around the office surrounding. "My waste, My Responsibility"....

National Council Secretariat awarded the Tashi Khadar to three staff

Posted on : 02 July 2021
The Director of National Council Secretariat awarded the Tashi Khadar to three staff of the Secretariat who were promoted from 1st July 2021. The National Council Secretariat would like to congratulate all the recipients on their promotion. (Mr. Tshewang Norbu, Mrs. Sonam Yangzom, and Mrs. Tshering Wangmo).....

Reshuffle of Committee Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons

Posted on : 30 June 2021
The Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) of the National Council unanimously elected Hon. Member Ugyen Tshering (Paro) as the Chairperson and Hon. Member Anand Rai as the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee respectively. Similarly, the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) also elected Hon. Member Tashi Samdrup and Lhatu as the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee accordingly. Before the new appointment, Hon. Member Anand Rai and Dhan Kumar Sunwar served…....

Farewell to Secretary General

Posted on : 30 June 2021
Along with the Closing of the 27th Session of the National Council, today, the Hon'ble Chairperson, Members and secretariat staff bid farewell to Chencho Tshering, the Secretary General of the National Council Secretariat. He has been appointed as the Consul General of the Royal Bhutanese Consulate in Kolkata, India. He has served the National Council with utmost dedication and commitment for the past five years. The Secretariat has only flourished…....

Closing Ceremony of 27th Session

Posted on : 29 June 2021
The 27th Session of the National Council concluded today. In the closing remarks, Hon’ble Chairperson, on behalf of the Members and the Secretariat, expressed immense gratitude to His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and Members of the Royal Family for gracing the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Session in the new Hall. He also thanked the Prime Minister, Speaker, Opposition Leader, foreign dignitaries and other senior government officials…....

Offering of Kurim by National Council Members

Posted on : 29 June 2021
Led by the Hon'ble Chairperson, the Members of the National Council visited Dechenphu and Tashichhodzong following the concluding ceremony of its’ 27th session today. It is a norm that the National Council seeks refuge from the local deities prior to the commencement of every session and offers their gratitude at the end of the session.....

GGC elects new Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 29 June 2021
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council elected Hon. Surjaman Thapa and Hon. Nima as the new Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Committee respectively.....

Certificates of Appreciation to technical professionals

Posted on : 28 June 2021
The Hon'ble Chairperson of the National Council (NC) awarded Certificates of Appreciation to eight technical professionals of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service for the successful installation of sound systems and live streaming of National Council proceedings. The technical team was involved in supporting the expansion of technological ventures since the beginning of the new NC hall renovations. The Hon'ble Chairperson, on behalf of the NC expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their…....

Deliberation on Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 and Tax Bill 2021

Posted on : 28 June 2021
Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma, introduced the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 and Tax Bill 2021 to the House, today. The Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 was presented as an urgent bill due to the increasing cases of smuggling of tobacco and tobacco products during the pandemic, which inadvertently have also led to the import of the virus. The amendment is aimed towards reducing the smuggling of…....

Press Conference

Posted on : 18 June 2021
Led by the Hon’ble Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson and the Chairpersons of the Standing Committees of the National Council attended the Press Conference. In the Press Conference, the Hon'ble Chairperson updated the press on the major highlights of the 27th Session of the National Council. During the 27th session of the National Council, seven legislative issues, three policy related interim reports and six Question Hour sessions have been conducted. Legislative…....

Question Hour Session with Hon’ble Minister for MoWHS and MOLHR

Posted on : 18 June 2021
Hon’ble Member Ugyen Tshering highlighted the background of the valley development plan framed by the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) to promote integrated planning by keeping traditional architects intact and cultural landscape preserved. The valley development plan extends to all the 20 dzongkhags. However, while implementing the valley development plan, people faced many challenges and issues owing to various restrictions. He stated that while implementing the plan, people…....

Review Report (Interim) on the Quality of Farm Roads by the GGC

Posted on : 18 June 2021
The Chairperson of the GGC, Hon'ble Member Sangay Dorji presented the interim review report on the quality of roads. The main objective of the review is to assess the current situation of the farm road, identify challenges, and issues faced in the construction and maintenance of quality farm roads, and recommend the way forward for the improvement of rural livelihood through sustainable and optimal utilization of public resources. The farm…....

Adoption of CSO (Amendment) Bill 2021 and Budget Bills

Posted on : 17 June 2021
The House unanimously adopted the Civil Society Organization (Amendment) Bill 2021 today, inclusive of the provisions to provide adequate human resources and financial support to the CSO Authority. The Bill was introduced and deliberated during the 4th Sitting of the House. The House also unanimously adopted the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2020-21 along with the recommendation to the government to set a clear and specific Non-Performing Loan…....

Deliberation on National Budget Report 2021-22

Posted on : 16 June 2021
The House deliberated on the National Budget Report 2021-2022 inclusive of Budget Appropriation Bill for FY 2021-22 and the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for FY 2020-21, today. The Economic Affairs Committee, while presenting its observations on the report, highlighted the concerns of current expenditure rising faster than domestic revenue; fiscal deficit exceeding the deficit projected for the fiscal year; and increasing trend of public debt including non-hydro debt. Deliberating on…....

Finance Minister presents Budget Report.

Posted on : 15 June 2021
Hon’ble Finance Minister, Namgay Tshering, presented the Budget Report for the Financial Year 2021-22 including Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2021-22, Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2020-21 and Annual Financial Statement for the FY 2019-20, to the House for adoption. Hon’ble Lyonpo informed the House that the Financial Year 2021-22 has been planned with the aim to ensure ‘Sustained Economic Stability for a Resilient Recovery’ supported by…....

Question Time with Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on : 11 June 2021
The House held Question Time with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also the Chairperson of National Commission for Women and Children regarding the issue of teenage pregnancy in Bhutan. Eminent Member Kesang Chuki Dorjee highlighted the issue of increasing cases of teenage pregnancies in the country. She reported that 330 cases of teenage pregnancies were recorded in 2020, and 226 cases from 2009 - 2016. She emphasized that…....

Deliberation on Customs Duty Bill continues

Posted on : 11 June 2021
The House resumed with the deliberation on the Customs Duty Bill today. The House endorsed most of the Customs Duty (CD) rates proposed by the government in the Schedule of the Bill. However, the Economic Affairs Committee proposed retention of original CD rates of some commodities such as betel nuts, fruit juices, water, incense and others, and were well-received by the House. The House extensively debated on the CD rate…....

Deliberation on the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 and Customs Duty Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 10 June 2021
The National Council deliberated the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 and the Customs Duty Bill of Bhutan 2021 today. The Good Governance Committee, Committee In-charge of the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021, Hon'ble Sangay Dorji acknowledged the principle and rationale of the Bill which is intended to reform the taxation system in the country. However, the Committee reiterated on the recommendations of…....

9th Sitting

Posted on : 09 June 2021
(1) Question Hour Session with the Hon'ble Minister of Economic Affairs and the Hon'ble Minister of Education (2) Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan and Green Climate Fund on the Privileges and Immunities of the Green Climate Fund (3) Introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 and Customs Duty Bill of Bhutan 2021 In the Question Hour Session of…....

Natural Resources and Environment Committee Presents...

Posted on : 07 June 2021
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Council presented an interim Review Report on the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to the House, today. The Committee reported that there are 38 SOEs in the country playing a strategic role towards socio-economic development. It stated that there are 16 SOEs under the MoF (2 are under Queen's Project), and 22 under Druk Holding and…....

Legislative Committee of the National Council presented

Posted on : 04 June 2021
On the joyous occasion of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s 31st Birth Anniversary, the National Council offers its' heartfelt prayers for Her Majesty's longevity and eternal wellbeing. A cake cutting ceremony was held to commemorate this special occasion. The Deputy Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, Hon'ble Ugyen Tshering presented a report on the numerous incidents of negligent deaths and grave injuries to victims, as well as loss and damage of public…....

Good Governance Committee...

Posted on : 04 June 2021
Hon’ble Members of the National Council led by the Good Governance Committee conducted a consultation meeting with the Gross National Happiness Commission on issues confronting farm roads in the country. The Meeting was attended by five officials from the Local Development Division of the Commission led by Dasho Secretary. The Commission made a comprehensive presentation on the Improvement of Farm Road project which is a part of Economic Contingency Plan.…....

Presentation on the National Budget for the Financial Year (FY) 2021-2022 by Ministry of Finance

Posted on : 02 June 2021
Presentation on the National Budget for the Financial Year (FY) 2021-2022 by Ministry of Finance (MoF) to the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) and the Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Council (NC) The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic continues globally with far reaching consequences on lives and economy. Due to His Majesty The King's compassionate and extraordinary leadership as well as tireless efforts to safeguard His people from…....

National Council deliberates on the Civil Society Organization (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on : 01 June 2021
Hon’ble Phuntsho Rapten, Chairperson of the Legislative Committee introduced the Civil Society Organization (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 to the House, today. He informed the House that the Act was first enacted in 2007 to strengthen civil society, promote social welfare and enhance harmony in the society. He reported that the amendment is primarily for the purpose of improving and strengthening the Civil Society Organizations Authority and timely monitoring of…....

Hon’ble Minister of Finance introduces the Green Climate Fund Agreement

Posted on : 31 May 2021
His Excellency Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, Minister of Finance introduced the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) on the Privileges and Immunities of the Green Climate Fund to the National Council, today. His Excellency informed the House that the Fund is an opportunity for Bhutan to avail sustained grant for the execution of developmental projects, and it is essential to provide the…....

Question Hour with MoAF

Posted on : 28 May 2021
The House held the first Question Hour of the Session with the Minister for Agriculture and Forests. Hon’ble Tashi Samdrup, highlighted a brief background on the role of agriculture in Bhutan and its contribution to the livelihood of the majority of the population, and the unfortunate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the agriculture sector. On behalf of the House, the Hon’ble Member sought responses from the Hon’ble Minister regarding the…....

Follow-up on the resolution of 26th Session

Posted on : 28 May 2021
Follow-up on the resolution of 26th Session May 28, 2021: The Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the House presented the follow up report on the resolutions passed by the House on the RNR Marketing Policy in the 26th Session. The review was carried out to resolve marketing issues and to have a comprehensive understanding of the RNR Marketing Policy, implementation status and its effectiveness. The House had submitted a…....

27th May, 2021: His Majestty The King Graces the opening Ceremony of the National Council

Posted on : 27 May 2021
27th May, 2021: His Majesty The King Graces the opening Ceremony of the National Council His Majesty The King graced the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Session of the National Council today. Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council, on behalf of the Members and the Secretariat, welcomed His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and Members of the Royal Family to the opening ceremony of the 27th Session in…....

The Secretary General of National Council Secretariat attended the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments(ASGP) meeting

Posted on : 27 May 2021
The Secretary General of National Council Secretariat attended the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments(ASGP) meeting on 26th and 27th May 2021 virtually. The theme of this year's ASGP meeting is on "Role and organization of Parliaments in a pandemic" The discussion took place on two sections: 1. Physical adaptions made by Parliaments. 2. Adaptations to the exercise of constitutional duties by Parliaments. The ASGP is held twice a year…....

Members of the parliament of Bhutan attending 142nd IPU Assembly

Posted on : 26 May 2021
26th May 2021: Members of the parliament of Bhutan attending 142nd IPU Assembly Led by His Excellency the Chairperson of National Council, a five member joint delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan comprising of two members from National Council and two members from the National Assembly is attending the 142nd session of the Inter parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly virtually from 26th-27th May 2021. His Excellency the Chairperson of National Council…....

NC Members test for Covid-19

Posted on : 26 May 2021
26th May: NC Members test for Covid-19 In order to rule out positive cases and follow the covid-19 protocol prior to the 27th session of the National Council, His Excellency the Chairperson made it mandatory for Hon’ble members and the staff of the National Council to test for covid-19 earlier today.....

25th May, 2021: Press Conference held for the 27th Session of National Council

Posted on : 25 May 2021
25th May, 2021: Press Conference held for the 27th Session of National Council The Press Con25th May, 2021: Press Conference held for the 27th Session of National Council The Press Conference for the upcoming summer session of the National Council was conducted this afternoon in the Conference Hall of the National Council. Hon’ble Jigme Wangchuk, Deputy Chairperson and Spokesperson of the National Council informed the media representatives that the 27th…....

Offering of Kurim by National Council Members

Posted on : 24 May 2021
24th May 2021: Offering of Kurim by National Council Members The Hon'ble Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Hon'ble Members Accompanied by secretary General of the National Council paid a visit to the Tashichho Dzong and Dechenphu Monastry to offer Kurim.. The visit is part of a ritual that is carried out before the start of every session of the National Council to receive blessings for a smooth conduct of the business…....

The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Council

Posted on : 24 May 2021
24th-May-2021: National Council Review on the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of the Bhutan and the Green climate Fund on the Privileges and Immunities of the Green Climate Fund The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Council held a consultative meeting on the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Green Climate Fund on the Privileges and Immunities of the GCF…....

The Legislative Committee meets Core Coordination Committee (CCC) of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Posted on : 21 May 2021
The Legislative Committee of National Council met with the members of Core Coordination Committee of Civil Society Organizations today as requested by CCC to discuss on the issues and concerns related to operation and regulation of CSOs as a part of reviewing CSO Act for possible amendment by the Committee. The CCC presented on the CSO scenario in Bhutan, their challenges on the ground and way forward towards improving current…....

Joint Committee (JC) on Disputed Bills reports to the Plenary Session of the National Council.

Posted on : 18 May 2021
As per Section 52 of the Legislative Rules of Procedure, “…during the course of the proceedings of the Joint Committee, the Members shall report back to their respective Houses on the status of disputed provisions of the bill for their comments.” Accordingly, the Deputy Chairperson of the JC to Lhengye Zhungtshog (LZ) Bill 2020 shared the discussions held on seven disputed sections of the Bill with the House. The Deputy…....

NC’s follow-up on land and timber-related issues with concerned stakeholders.

Posted on : 18 May 2021
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Council held a consultative meeting on land and timber-related issues with the officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS), National Land Commission (NLC), and Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPCL) led by the Division Chiefs. The committee held an interactive discussion with officials on issues such as; the conversion of wetland to…....

Honorable Members of the National Council Attends Presentation on Farm Roads

Posted on : 11 May 2021
Honorable Members of the National Council led by Honorable Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee attended a presentation on issues concerning farm roads in the country and procedures outlined in the Guidelines for Farm Road Development. The Presentation was made by officials from the Agriculture Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. Mr. Karma Tshethar, Chief of the Agriculture Engineering Division made a comprehensive presentation…....

Review of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) under MoF

Posted on : 07 May 2021
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Council held a consultative meeting on State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) today. The officials of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) led by the Hon. Secretary made a comprehensive presentation covering: the role of the Ministry as oversight body; SOEs under MoF and ownership structure; mandates of SOEs; SOE’s contribution to domestic revenue; Government support to SOEs…....
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