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Recommendation on Impeachment Procedure of Bhutan 2019 and the Minister and Minister Equivalent Post Holder’s Entitlement Bill 2019

Posted on :12 February 2020

The Legislative Committee (LC) and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) proposed to consider the recommendation to discuss the issues related to the rejection of the two private members Bills between the Chairpersons of the National Council and the Speaker of the National Assembly before final adoption of the bills by the House. The recommendation was proposed to set a clear procedural between the two Houses of the Parliament in rejecting a Private Members Bill during the first reading by the National Assembly.   

The two Bills was introduced as a Private Members Bill and passed in the 23rd session of National Council and forwarded to the National Assembly for deliberation in the third session of the third parliament. The National Assembly during the first reading in the ongoing Session on 16th January 2020, with the majority show of hand decided not to deliberate both the Bills. The National Council (NC) received the Bills on 21 January 2020 with three objections on each Bill.  Upon receiving the Bill from the NA, the House reassigned the LC to review the objections on the Impeachment Bill and the Minister and similarly, the objection on Minister Equivalent Post Holder’s Entitlement Bill 2019 to be reviewed by NREC.

Highlighting the background on the deliberation carried out on the two private members Bills, Hon’ble Karma Gyeltshen, Deputy Chair to the Natural Resources and Environment Committee reported that in carrying out the discussions on the Bills as per the directive of the House, the Committee further referred relevant documents such as the NA and NC Acts, Legislative Rules of Procedure, forwarding letters received from National Assembly and also the Constitution. It was figured that the National Assembly’s move not to deliberate the Bills and forwarding them back for re-deliberation was found to be unclear in the referred documents.

Consequently, on behalf of both the committees, he recommended, prior to taking any decision on the Bills by the two Houses, it would be beneficial if the Hon’ble Chairperson and the Hon’ble Speaker consult each other and clear the inconveniences.

Accordingly, the Hon’ble Chairperson agreed to meet and discuss the issue with the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly.

The House will be in recess tomorrow, however, relevant committees will conduct their meetings.

 

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