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Question Hour Session

Posted on :18 January 2019

The 11th sitting of the National Council conducted the question hour session with Hon. Minister Dorji Tshering, Minister for Works and Human Settlement and Hon. Minister Ugyen Dorji, Minister for Labour and Human Resources.

The House, concerned with the substandard quality of most of the Gewog Centre (GC) roads constructed in the 11 FYP, asked the Minister whether the Ministry has any plan to modify the current specification of the road pavement standard.

Acknowledging the poor quality of GC roads, the Minister responded that the GC roads were initially constructed as farm roads with their own set of specific requirement and standards. He further added that quality of these roads is compromised due to fragile and unstable landscape and budget constraints.

He said the Ministry has increased the requirement of the thickness of asphalt concrete, will have different strategies for construction of roads for different land types and will allocate budget as per the requirement.

Appreciating the initiative taken by the Government on the learn and earn programme in Japan under the overseas employment programme of the Ministry, the House sought clarification on the specific actions the government plans to undertake and how long will the Government take to resolve the issue.

Responding to the question, the Hon. Minister highlighted the background of the issues, He said the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan has completed the investigation on the matter and the report has been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General. Accordingly, the legality issues will be resolved by the OAG.

Acknowledging the issue, the Minister stated that the government is seriously examining the matter. He added that a delegation headed by the Minister himself would soon leave for Japan and review the issue.

Sharing the concerns of the House on the hardship faced by the students, he reported an exhaustive Cabinet Meeting was conducted and resolved to defer the loan repayment period for students in Japan.

He expressed the situation is currently being reviewed and the Ministry will take every initiative to resolve the issues. The Ministry has currently suspended the programme.



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