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Introduction of the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016

Posted on :06 June 2016

The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee Hon’bel Tashi Wangmo introduced the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016 to the House this morning. 

Highlighting the background of the Bill, the Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) reported to the House that the draft Bill was prepared by a Steering Committee for the establishment of Bhutan Red Cross Society. Accordingly, the draft Bill was submitted to the National Council in February 2016, which was then assigned to the GGC for a further review. The GG Committee along with the Steering Committee conducted consultative meetings with six major stakeholders.

Specifying the needs of the Bill, the GGC Chairperson expressed that Bhutan have been signatory to the Geneva Conventions 1949 since 1991 and the need to fulfill its conditions one being the BRCS be established under the national legislation. Further, stating that unlike other international NGO’s, the Red Cross Society is a component of the international Movement bound by the Geneva Conventions.

After the introduction of the Bill, members sought clarification on various aspects pertaining to the Bill such as the coordination between the relevant stakeholders, establishment of RCS’s presence in the Dzongkhags, aligning with the prevailing acts and policy, financial reporting, penal clauses among others. Responding to the clarification, the Chairperson of the GGC responded that the Bill shall not engage in any activity that is inconsistent with the country law but shall only complement with the prevailing activities and laws of the country.

Approving most of the 11 Articles of the Bill, the House directed the Committee to have another round of consultation with the concerned members to resolve the issues before the committed submits its final report to the house for endorsement on 10 June 2016.

Tomorrow, the House shall deliberate on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s annual report.  

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