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The house continues deliberation on ACC report

Posted on :08 June 2016

The House continued to deliberate on the proposed recommendations by the members on the Annual Anti- Corruption Commission Report 2015 this morning.

The House discussed the need to review the Public Finance Act (2007) as well as review the Mines and Minerals Management Act (1995) and how to address policy corruption amongst others. The House directed the Good Governance Committee and relevant members to re-deliberate on the new recommendations. The Committee shall report back to the House with the final recommendations on the ACC report on 10 June 2015.

Later in the afternoon, the house conducted its' 3rd question and answer session with the Hon'ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Lekey Dorji on the mining sector.

Hon’ble Member Dasho Tashi Wangyel stressed the importance of the mines and mineral sector to the economic growth and development of the country. He asked what role does the government envisage for the State Mining Corporation to play in the sector given its immense potential to act as a social and economic wealth equalizer? Dasho Tashi also asked Lyonpo Lekey for a list of strategic minerals that are considered important for the country.

Emphasising on the high potential of the mining sector in the country, the Hon'ble Minister said the ministry is trying to resolve the corruption issues related to mining by reviewing the policies, rules and regulation. Further, he said that to address the issues related to wealth gaps in our society, the government established the State Mining Corporation (SMC).

The Hon'ble Minister said that a list of strategic minerals had been identified, however draft Mineral Developmeny Policy doesn't disallow say that strategic materials would be mined by SMC alone.

After the question and answer session, the members for the first time called for debate on the issue. As per the rule of procedure of the house, a member can call for debate if he is not satisfied with the response provided by the Minister during the question hour. The house will debate further on the issue at a later date.

Tomorrow, the House will deliberate on the issues related to immigration followed by the question and answer session with the Minister of Education.

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