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Deliberation on The Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021

Posted on :29 November 2021

The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee of the National Council, Hon'ble Surjaman Thapa presented the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 during the first sitting of the 28th Session of the National Council on Friday November 26, 2021.
The House deliberated some of the provisions submitted by the Committee on the Bill today.
In the last session, the National Assembly had adopted the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill for Bhutan 2021 on June 7, 2021 with an amendment of 50 provisions.
The Good Governance Committee of the National Council proposed a total of 61 amendments to the House with some additional provisions by the Committee.
The Hon’ble Members sought clarifications from the Committee on Sections 8(1), (2) and 28 (1) which is related to the independence and power to regulate, appoint, manage and dismiss the staff of the Commission; New Section 41(1) (f) proposed by the Committee relating to outsourcing most of its research and advocacy programs; Section 42 (3) about active bribery of public servant; Section 128 (a),(b), and (c) prosecution referral and on the definition of public servants.
While the House approved most of the sections proposed by the Committee, the House reverted the aforementioned provisions to the Committee for further review.
Tomorrow, the House will deliberate on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Amendment which will be introduced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Tandi Dorji, followed by an interim review report on Consolidation, Repeal and Publication of Legislations by the Legislative Committee.

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