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Adoption of the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2015

Posted on :10 June 2016

Today the House continued with the deliberation of the Legislative Committee’s report on the foreign workers and illegal immigration. After thorough deliberation on the issue, the House directed the committee to further refine the recommendation with the objective to progressively reduce dependency on foreign workers and check illegal immigration by calling upon the Government to strictly enforce the existing legislation. The House also unanimously adopted Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2015 with all 22 members voting yes. The bill shall be sent to National Assembly where it will be deliberated and passed in the following session. This was followed by discussion on a motion submitted by the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) calling upon the attention of the Government to urgently table a Bill in the next session of the Parliament on the Ownership of Assets and Accounts Abroad by Bhutanese. The committee reported that such a Bill has become pertinent recalling the wisdom behind the major concerns expresses by the erstwhile National Assembly members (in 52nd session in 1980 and 92nd session in 1993) on the negative consequences of Bhutanese illegally moving and holding their wealth outside Bhutan through ownership of accounts and assets abroad. Moreover, the rapid integration of global markers has necessitated business and enterprises to engage in cross border financial transaction to facilitate trade and investments. However, the growth in illicit fund flows and proliferation of means to move such funds across borders have led governments around the world to respond by framing laws and regulations to record, regulate and monitor such cross border financial flows. The motion was unanimously adopted by the House and will be sent to the Government. In the afternoon, Hon’ble Minister for Education attended question hour session on three issues pertaining to education. Members raised questions on how government is going to address the impact of prolong maternity leave of teachers on the quality of education, the status of contract teachers and non-teaching staff in the school. Hon’ble member from Gasa Dzongkhag submitted a motion to call for a debate after the question hour. The motion to debate on the response provided by the Minister was supported by majority of members. As per section 109 of the Rules of Procedure, a member if not satisfied with the answer may with the permission of the Chairperson call a debate in the National Council, in which the appropriate authority of the government shall participate.


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