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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…....

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…....

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…....

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…....

New Ambassadors-designate and Consul General-designate makes Courtesy Call to Hon’ble Chairperson.

Posted on : 07 May 2021
The newly appointed Ambassador-designate of Bhutan to Thailand, Mr. Kinzang Dorji; Ambassador-designate of Bhutan to State of Kuwait, Mr. Chitem Tenzin and Bhutan’s Consul General-designate to Royal Bhutanese Consulate in Kolkata, Mr. Chencho Tshering today officially paid a courtesy call on to His Excellency the Chairperson of the National Council. The Chairperson expressed his congratulations and appreciation to the Ambassador-designates and the Consul General-designate for their respective appointments and passed…....

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…....

National Council convenes 22nd Plenary Session.

Posted on : 04 May 2021
The National Council convened the 22nd plenary session to keep the House informed on the progress report of the policy and legislative issues pursued by the various committees in preparation for the 27th session. The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee presented the background and the way forward of the Committee on the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The issue was prior reviewed by the Foreign Relations Committee and later assigned to…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee Consults the Team Leader of National Covid19 Mental Health and Psychosocial Response Team.

Posted on : 30 April 2021
As part of the review of Suicide and Mental Health Issues, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee met with Dr. Chencho Dorji who is the Team Leader of National Covid19 Mental Health and Psychosocial Response Team yesterday. Dr. made a presentation giving an overview of the formation of the team, services provided, opportunities, challenges and way forward. Additionally, he shared data on suicide for the last one year. National Covid…....

NREC elects new Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 29 April 2021
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Council elected Hon. Tirtha Man Rai as the new Chairperson and Hon. Dorji Khandu as Deputy Chairperson of the Committee today. They expressed gratitude for the appointment and assured to serve the Committee with their utmost dedication and commitment. The NREC is primarily mandated to review legislations, policies, international conventions and agreements pertaining to natural resources and environment.....

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) conducts consultative meeting with PHPA-I & II

Posted on : 29 April 2021
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) conducted a consultative meeting with PHPA-I & II today to review and get update on the unresolved financial irregularities of PHPA-I & II, as reported in the Annual Audit Report 2010-2019. The committee after an extensive discussion with the officials of PHPA-I & II on the issues of unresolved financial irregularities, could resolve some issues and some remained unresolved. PAC directed PHPA-I & II to…....

Public Accounts Committee Consultative meeting with Mangdechhu Hydro Power Authority (MHPA)

Posted on : 27 April 2021
As mandated by the Rules of Procedure of Public Accounts Committee 2017 and as resolved in the Fourth Session of the Third Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is conducting a consultative meeting with Mangdechhu Hydro Power Authority (MHPA) today at MHPA’s Conference Hall to review and get update on the unresolved financial irregularities of MHPA as reported in the Annual Audit Report 2010-2019. PAC will be conducting the same…....

National Council's review on Suicide and Mental Health Issues

Posted on : 23 April 2021
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee of the National Council held consultative meeting on Suicide and Mental Health Issues with officials from the Ministry of Health, today. Led by the Officiating Director of the Department of Public Health, the team made a presentation on current situation and strategies for mental health and suicide prevention. The presentation covered mental health services in Bhutan, suicide prevention approaches, data on current situation, strategies…....

NC Secretary General appointed as Consul General-Designate

Posted on : 21 April 2021
By issuance of Royal Kasho, His Majesty the King appointed Dasho Chencho Tshering, Secretary General of National Council Secretariat as Consul General-Designate of the Royal Bhutanese Consulate, Kolkata, India.....

First Meeting of the Joint Committee on Mines and Minerals Bills of Bhutan 2020

Posted on : 16 April 2021
The Joint Committee on Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020 unanimously elected the Hon’ble Kinley Wangchuk, Member of Parliament from National Assembly as Chairperson and Hon’ble Choining Dorji, Member of Parliament from National Council as Deputy Chairperson during its first meeting held on 15th April 2021 at the National Assembly Conference Hall. The Joint Committee was formed as per the Article 13(8) of the Constitution and Legislative Rules of…....

Anti-Corruption Commission Presented the National Integrity Assessment (NIA) Report 2019

Posted on : 15 April 2021
Honorable Members of the National Council and the Secretariat Officials led by the Honorable Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee attended a presentation on the National Integrity Assessment (NIA) Report, 2019. The Presentation was made by officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission led by the Honorable Chairperson of the Commission. The Anti-Corruption Commission made a comprehensive presentation covering objectives, framework, scope, process, key findings, comparative scores, and recommendations of the National…....

Screening of Constituency Issues

Posted on : 13 April 2021
In the second day of the Review Workshop, the National Council members segregated and screened out constituency issues which were raised by the constituents during the last constituency visit of Hon'ble Members. A total of 164 constituency issues were clubbed under 11 thematic areas during the workshop. The Hon'ble Members formed themselves into four groups to identify common issues under different thematic areas. Constituency Issues were screened using the screening…....

National Council conducts 2 day review workshop

Posted on : 12 April 2021
Following a month-long constituency visit, the National Council is conducting a 2 day review workshop starting today. The workshop aims to reflect on past sessions and the house’s performance in the last two years in general. It will also revisit policy issues identified during the retreat workshop held in 2018 in addition to the Bills on table. Further, the workshop will be screening issues gathered from the constituencies by Hon’ble…....

Workshop on the SDG Self-Assessment

Posted on : 07 April 2021
His Excellency the Chairperson of National Council of Bhutan attended the ongoing workshop on the SDG Self-Assessment in Paro. The Hon’ble Speaker of National Assembly of Bhutan, the Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Standing Committees are attending the 4 days workshop which commenced yesterday. Today the session covered on the digital readiness of the Parliament, Parliament’s functionality in times of pandemics, and discussion on the feasibility study on…....

2nd Batch Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus Workshop for Parliamentarians on Gender Scrutiny of Legislation, Policy and Budget

Posted on : 06 April 2021
Hon’ble Chairperson, National Council of Bhutan graced the opening of the 2nd Batch Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus Workshop for Parliamentarians on Gender Scrutiny of Legislation, Policy and Budget earlier today. The three day workshop is organized by Bhutan Network for Empowering Women as BWPC Secretariat and INTER PARES I parliaments in Partnership in collaboration with the Parliament of Bhutan with the objective to deepen the understanding and strengthening the ability…....

Constituency Visit

Posted on : 25 March 2021
As a part of parliamentary practices in NC, the elected members visit their respective constituency twice every year. During their visits, the members not only inform the people on the resolution and recommendations passed by the NC during the sessions in their respective constituency, but they also make it a point to discuss and gather issues that require attention from various ministries and agencies pertaining to development activities. NC compiles…....

NC marks the 5th Birth Anniversary with the reading of the Royal Kashos

Posted on : 05 February 2021
The National Council celebrates the 5th birth anniversary of our beloved Gyalsey, His Royal Highness Jigme Namgyal Wangchuck with an offering of long life prayer(Zhapten), butter lamp and cake cutting ceremony. Along with the ceremony, His Excellency the Chairperson also read the Royal Kashos on Education Reform and Civil Service Reform which was granted on 17 December 2020. Reminding on the importance of the House as the highest legislative body…....

Courtesty call: His Excellency, Fadel Alhasan, Head of the Mission of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait, February 4, 2021

Posted on : 04 February 2021
His Excellency Fadel Alhasan paid a courtesy call to His Excellency the Chairperson of the National Council today. His Excellency expressed his compliments to the National Council for the excellent relation between the Kingdom of Bhutan and the State of Kuwait. He also forward a congratulation and appreciation letter addressed to His Excellency the Chairperson of the National Council from His Excellency Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the National Assembly…....

Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

Posted on : 02 February 2021
Yesterday, Hon. Ugyen Tshering of the National Council was elected as the Chairperson of the PAC and Hon. Dil Maya Rai of the National Assembly as the Dy. Chairperson. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan under Article 25.6 provides for the appointment of a Public Accounts Committee to review and report on the Annual Audit Report to Parliament for its consideration or on any other report presented by the…....

Tangra Offering by NC

Posted on : 13 December 2020
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26th Session of NC Concludes

Posted on : 12 December 2020
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Question Time with the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs

Posted on : 09 December 2020
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Posted on : 09 December 2020
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The house adopts Entitlement and Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill 2020

Posted on : 08 December 2020
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Deliberation on the Annual ACC Report

Posted on : 08 December 2020
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Introduction of the Framework Agreement between RGoB and European Investment Bank

Posted on : 08 December 2020
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NC adopts several bills today

Posted on : 07 December 2020
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NC adopts Fiscal Incentives (Amendment) Bill 2020 with recommendations

Posted on : 04 December 2020
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Finance Minister proposes to extend the fiscal incentive

Posted on : 03 December 2020
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Question Hour

Posted on : 02 December 2020
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National Council deliberates on two Bills

Posted on : 02 December 2020
In the 4th sitting, the House introduced and deliberated on the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020 and BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking in the morning session. The House also continued with the deliberation on some of the sections in the Mines and Minerals Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020. Introducing the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill…....

NC Deliberates on Mines and Minerals Bill

Posted on : 01 December 2020
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Mines and Minerals Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020 introduced

Posted on : 30 November 2020
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Opening Ceremony of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 27 November 2020
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Oath Taking Ceremony of the Eminent Member

Posted on : 27 November 2020
The newly appointed Eminent Member Hon’ble Ugyen Tshering took the Oath or Affirmation of Office this morning in the august hall of National Council. His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo appointed Hon’ble Ugyen Tshering as an Eminent Member of the National Council and conferred Tashi Khadar at the Tashichhodzong on 19th November 2020. In keeping with Article 10.18 of the Constitution the Oath or Affirmation of Office was administered by the…....

His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo graced the opening ceremony of the Parliament

Posted on : 26 November 2020
His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo graced the opening ceremony of the Fourth Session of the third Parliament at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang this morning. Representatives from the monastic body, government officials and foreign dignitaries were also present for the occasion. His Majesty was received at the courtyard of the Gyalyong Tshogkhang in traditional chipdrel by the Prime Minister, Chairperson of the National Council, Speaker of the National Assembly, Cabinet members and…....

Offering of Solkha by the National Council

Posted on : 26 November 2020
With only a day away from the opening session of the 26th session of the National Council, the Hon’ble Chairperson accompanied by the Hon’ble Members, Secretary General and the Director paid a visit to the the Tashichho Dzong and Dechenphu Monastery after attending the opening ceremony of the Fourth Session of the Third Parliament. The visit is part of a ritual that is carried out before the start of every…....

Press Conference on 26th Session of National Council

Posted on : 25 November 2020
In the press conference conducted this afternoon for the 26th session of the National Council of Bhutan, the respective Committee Chairperson briefed the reporters from the various media agencies on the agenda of the House. The conference started with the Spokesperson and committee chairs expressing their appreciation to Their Majesties the Kings, the Zhung Dratshang, Ministries, agencies, volunteers, private sectors and the media agencies for playing a vital role in…....

Newly appointed Eminent Member joins Legislative Committee

Posted on : 24 November 2020
The newly appointed Eminent Member, Dasho Ugyen Tshering formally joined the Legislative Committee of the National Council during its 20th Plenary Session held today. The appointment of the members of the committee is in accordance with section 152 of the National Council Act and section 12 of the Committee Rules of the National Council. As stated “The members on a Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the National…....

Committees presents Final Review Report to the 20th Plenary

Posted on : 24 November 2020
In preparation for the 26th session of the National Council this Friday (27th November 2020), the respective committees presented their final review reports to the members in today's plenary. It was then followed by a briefing session by the Secretary General to the members on the session. Hon. Anand Rai, Chairperson of the Economic Affairs Committee briefly presented on The Charter (Amendment) of the SAARC Development Fund. Followed by a…....

NC Offers Tashi Khadhar

Posted on : 21 November 2020
The Hon’ble Chairperson accompanied by some of the Hon’ble Members offered Tashi Khadhar to the newly appointed H.E Tsugla Lopon Karma Rangdrol and H.E Yonton Lopon Trulku Namgyel. On 19 November 2020, His Holiness the Je Khenpo conferred ceremonial scarves to the lopons of the Central Monastic Body appointing them as Tsugla Lopon and Yonten Lopon at the Pungthang Dewa Chhenpoi Phodrang. H.E Tsugla Lopon Khenpo Karma Rangdrol, 53, is…....

Mines and Minerals Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020

Posted on : 20 November 2020
The Legislative Committee of the National Council of Bhutan (NCB) consulted the Economic Finance Committee of Bhutan of the National Assembly(NAB) on the Mines and Minerals of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020 today in the National Council Conference hall. The meeting was conducted to mainly discuss the principles and objectives of the amendments made by the NAB on the Bill. Explaining the objective, the members from NAB explained that the…....

His Majesty appoints Eminent Member

Posted on : 19 November 2020
His Majesty The King conferred Tashi Khadar to Hon’ble Ugyen Tshering for his appointment as an Eminent Member of the National Council at the Tashichhodzong today. Prior to this appointment, Hon’ble Ugyen Tshering served as Drangpon at Trongsa District Court. He has a Masters of Law (L.L.M) degree in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University, USA. He has also served as Drangpon at Thimphu District Court and Gelephu…....

The Joint Committee on Civil & Criminal Procedure Code

Posted on : 18 November 2020
The Joint Committee on Civil & Criminal Procedure Code (CCPC) met to discuss the Disputed Clauses in the Civil & Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill 2019 today at the Lhen-zom Khangzang National Assembly. During the second Joint Committee meeting, Hon'ble Members from both the Houses came to consensus on all the seven disputed clauses with minor changes on few sections. The Committee’s decision will be put up to the plenary…....

Courtesy Call on to the Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 16 November 2020
The newly appointed Commission of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Chairperson Aum Deki Pema, Commissioner Jamtsho and Commissioner A Karma Rinzin paid a courtesy call on the Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council this afternoon. His Majesty the King appointed the Third Commission of the ACC on 14th October 2020. The newly appointed Chairperson, Aum Deki Pema, was the former Commissioner of Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). She served as the Commissioner…....
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