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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 at this formative stage of our democracy, building and strengthening good parliamentary practices is as important as addressing the issues. He highlighted several institutional building initiatives introduced during the 17th session.

The spokesperson also shared the draft agenda of the 18th session of NC and identified about 3 bills, 5 policy review issues, 4 reports besides possible issues from Dzongkha Tshogdu, constituency visits and few question time with the relevant Ministers. The upcoming session will begin with a follow-up report on the resolutions of the 17th session of NC and how National Assembly has responded on NC's recommendation for the budget and tax bill 2016. He stated that while the formal session has concluded, the house is always in session. The committees have been assigned with the work in preparation for the upcoming session and they will be presenting their work plan according to the plenary of NC day after tomorrow.  A reflection workshop on the 17th session of NC is scheduled tomorrow to share and learn from the experience.

During the Press Conference, the chairpersons of the committees highlighted the resolutions passed in the 17th session of NC. The resolutions relate to issues such as the delays in the Implementation of Acts passed by Parliament; The foreign workers and Illegal Immigration; The ownership of Asset & Accounts abroad by Bhutanese; Mining sector; The Annual Anti-Corruption Commission's report; Budget & Appropriation bill 2016-17 and Revised Taxes and Levies Bill of Bhutan 2016.

In the question and answer session, the reporters asked on the status of the Right to Information Bill and any harsher resolutions NC might consider if the Government fails to comply with NC's resolution on non-implementation of Acts passed by the Parliament.

On RTI, the Spokesperson said that NC was assured by the Minister of Information and Communication Ministry that he will find out the status and procedure from the Speaker of National Assembly (NA) on the bill as it is technically with the NA.

The spokesperson also said that NC neither adopts nor intends to pass harsh resolution but every lawful citizen and institutions including the Government are duty bound to abide by the law enacted by the Parliament.



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