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26th Session of NC Concludes

Posted on :12 December 2020

Today, the final sitting of the 26th Session of National Council (NC) concluded with the re-deliberation on the Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020 followed by the closing address by the Hon’ble Chairperson. 

 

As per the directives of the House, the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee reviewed the amended sections received from the National Assembly (NA) on the Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020. The Committee reported that of the twenty three (23) sections reviewed, the Committee agreed to approve seventeen (17) sections and  could not come into consensus in six (6) sections of the bill. 

 

The bill was adopted during the 30th sitting of the 24th session of the NC and forwarded to the NA. The bill was adopted by NA with amendments on 9th December, 2020 in the ongoing session (4th session).

 

When the Committee presented the new section as proposed by the NA on the “Office of the Prime Minister'', some of the Members expressed their strong reservations in approving the sections, therefore, the house with the show of hands voted the new chapter as a disputed section.

 

The House unanimously voted on the seven (7) disputed sections of the Bill to be submitted to the Druk Gyalpo for the command to the Houses for deliberation and to vote in a joint sitting.

 

The Chairperson in his concluding remarks reported on the various legislations, policy issues , conventions and agreements ratified during the sittings of the  26th Session.

 

The Chairperson expressed his appreciation to all the Members for attending the Session and contributing significantly during the deliberations for the benefit of the country. Similarly, he thanked the Committee and the Members for their dedication and hard work in conducting meetings and carrying out research on the important issues to present the report to the House for deliberation.

 

As per the directives of the House, the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee reviewed the amended sections received from the National Assembly (NA) on the Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020. The Committee reported that of the twenty-three (23) sections reviewed, the Committee agreed to approve seventeen (17) sections and could not come into consensus in six (6) sections of the bill. 

 

He also acknowledged the success of the session to the Department of National Properties for all logistical arrangements and support; the Royal Bhutan Police for providing security services; Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority for inspecting and ensuring good quality food; Ministry of Health for providing health services; Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation for the live telecast of the entire proceedings of the session; other media houses for disseminating news and information related to the session; and all the secretariat staff for their efforts and hard works during the session.

 

Humbly offering his prayers and wishes for the peace, happiness and long life of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty The 4th Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and the Royal family, the Chairperson also submitted his gratitude to His Holiness the Je Khenpo and Zhung Dratshang for their continued prayers and blessings. 

 

The closing of the National Council concluded with an offering of  Zhabten and Tashi Moenlam.

 

Watch full deliberation on the link below ; 

https://www.facebook.com/National.Council.Bhutan/videos/453267778997536

 

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