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4th sitting of 28th session

Posted on :01 December 2021

Deliberation on recommendations proposed by the Legislation Committee (LC) on the review report on Consolidation, Repeal and Publication of Legislations.

The House today resumed it's deliberation on the five recommendations proposed by the Legislative Committee (LC)  on the review report on Consolidation, Repeal and Publication of Legislations presented yesterday, 30 November 2021.

While the House supported the recommendations as proposed by LC on the review report on Consolidation, Repeal and Publication of Legislation, the Hon’ble Members also suggested additional recommendations to the Committee on simplifying and creating awareness on the existing laws, rules and regulations. As highlighted by the committee, the Hon’ble Members also recommended repeal of the Education City Act which is the lone legislation which could be repealed immediately and to also explore the procedure in repealing other obsolete laws. Recommendations on the need to further carry out in-depth research to identify obsolete laws in the country and making the existing policies, guidelines, rules and regulations, and international conventions, treaties and agreements consistent with the laws adopted by the parliament by the relevant ministries, agencies, and stakeholders was also proposed by the Hon’ble members amongst others.

The House assigned the Committee to revisit the recommendations taking into consideration the additional recommendations proposed by the Hon’ble Members and present the final recommendations to the House for approval.

Deliberation on recommendations proposed The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) presents Review Report on State Owned Enterprises.

The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) presented its review report on State-Owned Enterprises (SOE’s), an in-depth deliberation took place on the five recommendations proposed by the Committee. The Committee also clarified on the issues raised by the Hon’ble Members on the proposed recommendations.

Hon'ble Member Tirtha Man Rai, Chairperson of NREC briefly stated the background, problem-statement and the objectives of the report  and proposed five recommendations to the House.

Stating the existing number of SOEs in the country, the Hon’ble Member reported that the objective of reviewing the issues is to understand the operation and management of SOEs under the Ministry of Finance for effective and efficient service delivery.

Highlighting the problem statement, he  reported that the general perception is that SOEs compete with the private sector and crowd out the private firms due to favorable government terms. Besides, SOEs have been established rampantly raising concerns of their establishment for the execution of political pledges.

The Committee recommendations include Reconstitution of SOEs; exploring possibility of establishing Farm Shop Services by the gewogs;  location for Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant (POL) Services; Waving  off of a certain portion of Non-performance -loans; and the Government to develop and implement the Charter or By laws.

The House referred the report back to the Committee as most of the Members were of the view that the recommendations of the Committee require further deliberation and clarification. Therefore, the House asked the Committee and the concerned members to revisit and finalize the recommendations for adoption.

The Good Government Committee (GGC) presents its review report on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Annual Report 2020-21.

Specifying the provision of the Constitution, Hon’ble Member Surja Man Thapa, Chairperson of the GGC reported that the Annual Report 2020-2021 is the 14th report and the first report of the Third Commission submitted to the Druk Gyalpo, Prime Minister and the Parliament. He said that the report encompasses the performance for the period of 18 months, from January 2020 to June 2021.

As per the norm of the House, the Annual Report 2020-2021 has been assigned to the Good Governance Committee (GGC) for its review. The review report consists of Performance of the ACC; Organizational Outlook; Implementation Status of Resolutions of the Parliament; and Issues for deliberation and Recommendations.

The House will continue with the presentation and deliberation of the review report tomorrow.

Question Time

In the afternoon, the House conducted its Question Hour Session with the Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor. A total of 7 questions were raised  related to the issues on the increasing food prices of essential items and its relation to the National Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan, delayed implementation of lease of Tsamdro and Sokshing, and Climate change and destruction  caused to crops. 

The questions were raised by Hon’ble Member Kesang Chuki Dorjee, Hon’ble Member Ugyen Namgay and Hon’ble Member Lhaki Dolma  on behalf of the House.

Tomorrow, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma will introduce the Preferential Trade Agreement between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Royal Government of Bhutan, followed by deliberation on the report submitted by the Economic Affairs Committee on the convention. The House will then continue  with the introduction and deliberation on the Anti-Corruption Commission Annual Report 2020- 2021.

 

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