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Joint Sitting on Audit Performance Report (2010-2015)

Posted on : 30 June 2016
On 30th June, the Members of the National Council attended the Joint Sitting of Parliament. The Joint Sitting deliberated on the Audit Performances Report (2010-2015) and the implementation status report of the 5th session resolutions by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which was presented by the Chair of the Committee, Hon'ble Pema Dakpa. The members of Parliament extensively deliberated on the recommendations submitted by the PAC. The Committee was directed…....

Committees elect new Chairpersons

Posted on : 29 June 2016
Earlier today in a meeting held by the Legislative Committee, the members unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Sonam Wangchuk (Monggar) as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Member Tashi Phuntsho (Trashiyangtse) as the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee. The former Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, Hon’ble Sangay Khandu (Samtse) served as the Chairperson for one year. The members of the Foreign Relations Committee unanimously elected Hon’ble Member Sangay Khandu (Gasa) as the Chairperson…....

Reflections on the 17th Session

Posted on : 28 June 2016
Earlier today, the National Council (NC) held its in-house reflection exercise on the17th session in NC's plenary hall. In its efforts to develop and strengthen the good parliamentary practices,NC holds in-house reflection exercise after every parliamentary session to reflect and learn from the success and failure of its performance. As usual, the members candidly shared their observations, feedback and recommendations on the way forward. Among others, the house reflected on…....

Concluding Press Conference of the 17th Session

Posted on : 27 June 2016
Nine reporters from five media agencies participated in the concluding Press Conference of the 17th session of National Council (NC) today. Along with the Deputy Chairperson of NC, who is the official Spokesperson, the Chairpersons of the Good Governance, Legislative and Economic Affairs Committees participated. The Press Conference was conducted to share the resolutions passed by NC in the17th session of the Parliament. In his remarks, the spokesperson reiterated that…....

Offering of Tangra

Posted on : 27 June 2016
Earlier this morning, the members led by the Hon’ble Chairperson visited Tashichhodzong and Dechenphug Monastery to offer their prayers. After every session, members offer Tangra in these two holy monasteries for the successful completion of the Session.....

Parliament's Joint Committee Meeting on European Investment Bank Framework Agreement

Posted on : 25 June 2016
Joint Committee members met to discuss the European Investment Bank Framework Agreement in the National Council Conference Hall on Friday. The National Council rejected EIB in its last session after it was passed by National Assembly on the ground that the principles and some of the provisions of the bill undermines the sovereignity of the country and conflicts with the existing laws including the immigration rules and regulation of the…....

17th Session of the National Council Concludes

Posted on : 24 June 2016
The Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Lekey Dorji attended the debate session following the Question Time held with him on 8th June 2016, in the National Council, today. Invoking Chapter 8, Section 137 of the National Council Act for the first time in this session, this is the second debate session following the question time in the National Council. As per this section, a member with the permission of…....

Final Question Hour of 17th Session

Posted on : 23 June 2016
Yesterday afternoon, the National Council had its' final question hour sessions with both the Hon'ble Health and Information and Communication Ministers. Hon’ble Member Tharchen (Trongsa) asked three questions to the Hon’ble Minister Tandin Wangchuk, Ministry of Health on the state of herbal medicine production in the country. Firstly, how is the government ensuring the sustainability of herbal plants given the increasing rate of extraction and collection? Secondly, what is the…....

16th Session Follow up report

Posted on : 22 June 2016
The Officiating Secretary General, Rinzin Penjore reported to the House on the checklist of assurances of the Royal Government to the National Council in response to resolutions of the 16th session: Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) 1) TCB will review National Tourism Policy after presenting their final review report to the Government. 2) The Tourism Bill will be tabled for legislation after finalizing the National Tourism Policy. 3) TCB is…....

House adopts recommendations on the Implementation Status of Acts passed by Parliament

Posted on : 22 June 2016
This morning, the House unanimously adopted the recommendations proposed by the Legislative Committee on the Implementation Status of Acts and debated on educational reforms with the Hon'ble Minister of Education. The following resolutions were adopted on the Implementation Status of Acts passed by Parliament: The National Council hereby, recommends the Government and other agencies to: Simultaneously draft required Rules and Regulations or By-laws of a Bill that is being tabled…....

House adopts Committees' recommendations

Posted on : 21 June 2016
National Council adopts most of the recommendations proposed by the Good Governance Committee and all of the Legislative Committee's recommendations today. The Good Governance Committee, on the directive of House, revisited the recommendations proposed on the Annual Anti-Corruption Report 2015. The Good Governance Committee Chair, Hon'ble Tashi Wangmo reported that eleven Hon’ble Members, including the Committee Members had a thorough discussion and revised some of their recommendations. The National Council…....

National Council discusses issues related to delays in the implementation of Acts today

Posted on : 20 June 2016
Reporting the findings of the study carried out by the Legislative Committee, Hon’ble Sangay Khandu (Samtse) reported that the Parliament has adopted 36 Acts since 2008. While some of the Acts have been implemented immediately, others were partially implemented, meaning only some provisions of the Acts have come into force. He reported that the Committee found out that there were also some Acts which were never implemented at all. He…....

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