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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 recommends the following to the Anti-Corruption Commission:

1 a. Educate the public on the kind of information that are mandatorily required to be furnished while lodging a complaint, and the importance of substantiating the complaints with evidence;

b. Strengthen the procedure for seizure of moveable properties for better transparency and accountability;

c. Ensure effective implementation of the pending court judgments in collaboration with the OAG;

d. Identify potential areas of policy corruption in our democratic set up and suggest measures to prevent it, and include it in the Annual ACC report next year; and

e. As an extension to already existing online AD system, develop an integrated IT based information system that will facilitate automatic sharing of information on properties, liabilities and tax contributions, and a report on the status of it be submitted by the winter session of the Parliament.

2. The National Council calls upon the Government to urgently implement all pendingcourt judgements on corruption cases.

3. The National Council also resolved to conduct an in-depth study on financial security strategies for the ACC.

On the revised recommendations proposed by the Legislative Committee on Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigration, the National Council calls upon the Royal Government to:

1. Explain how the ceiling on foreign workers has been allowed to exceed, and urgently review foreign workers ceiling by taking into consideration all ongoing and planned major hydropower projects as well as other major infrastructure development activities in the country. This must be accompanied by a pragmatic plan to gradually reduce and replace foreign workers by the Bhutanese people.

Noting that are about 20,000 estimated day workers without work permit in the border towns and there are also evidences of foreign workers working as babysitters and maids without work permits in the country; and

Further noting there are also indirect dependants of indian traders living in the country as joint family members without any permits,

The NC hereby calls upon the Royal Government to:

2.1 bring all foreign Day Workers within the purview of Labour and Immigration laws, and

2.2 strictly enforce the provisions of prevailing laws on all other illegal immigrants.

Acknowledging the role of Project Dantak in Bhutan's socio-economic development and the excellent co-operation between the Royal Bhutan Army and IMTRAT;

Considering that it is important to build upon such excellent relationship;

Concerned that about 5,000 non-uniform employees of Project Dantak and IMTRAT have been recruited without work permits, which is not in conformity with the prevailing laws of the kingdom,

The National Council hereby draws the urgent attention of the Royal Government to:

3.1 ensure that the recruitment process and terms of employment of non-uniform employees of Project Dantak and IMTRAT conform to the national immigration and labour laws.

The committee also recommended the Government to urgently address the issue of much-needed additional manpower, infrastructure and other facilities required by law enforcement agencies in existing check points, out posts and newly opened roads along the border on priority basis in the interest of national security and security of law enforcement personnel as well as to curb interferences from both internal and external agencies.

The house adopted the recommendations with all nineteen members present voting for the resolutions proposed by the two Committees.

 

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