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National Assembly passes the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18

Posted on : 26 May 2017

The National Assembly today passed the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 amounting to Nu. 60,777.871 million, Supplementary Budget for the Fiscal Year 2016-17 amounting to Nu.  4,525.552 million taking the total revised budget for the financial year 2016-17 to Nu. 59,227.076 million and the recommendations of the Pay Commission.  Voting on the Annual Budget, 43 Members voted ‘Yes’ and one voted ‘No’ while the supplementary budget was passed…....

Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 26 May 2017

The Member from Drujegang Tseza constituency questioned the Education Minister on the plans and programs of the government to promote the national language Dzongkha. In response, the Minister informed that among various programs of the government to promote Dzongkha, the Ministry had ascertained Dzongkha as a main subject for securing pass percentage unlike in the past. He also added that Dzongkha subjects were now being taught by Dzongkha teachers and…....

Deliberation concludes on the report of the Finance Committee

Posted on : 25 May 2017

Stabilization Fund of Nu.100 million which is set forth to be established during the fiscal year 2017-18 was deliberated after the Member from Bartsham-Shongphu constituency raised doubts on the establishment of the fund. The Member opined that while the objective to establish such fund was noble, it may not be appropriate for a developing country like Bhutan to establish a Stabilization Fund.  Expressing similar views, the Leader of the Opposition…....

European parliamentary delegation visits the National Assembly

Posted on : 24 May 2017

A European parliamentary delegation led by Ms. Jean Lambert, Chair of the Delegation visited the National Assembly yesterday afternoon. The delegation also consisted of H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of European Union to Bhutan.

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Deliberation continues on the review report of the Finance Committee on the annual budget

Posted on : 24 May 2017

Before the commencement of the day’s agenda, the Hon’ble Speaker welcomed the European parliamentary delegation led by Ms. Jean Lambert who was present to witness today’s sitting on the national budget.

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 23 May 2017

Housing for all questioned

The Member from Bomdeling-Jamkhar constituency questioned the Prime Minister on the status of government’s pledge to ensure housing for all. In response, the Prime Minister clarified that the government’s pledge was not to provide housing to every individual but it was to render support to the people in building houses. He also touched on various programs of the government which had facilitated construction of houses for…....

National Assembly ratifies the Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries

Posted on : 23 May 2017

The House today ratified the Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries after 41 Members voted ‘Yes’ while two Members voted ‘No’ and one abstained from voting. There was a total of 44 Members present during the voting.

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Finance Committee presents its review report of the National Budget for the year 2017-18

Posted on : 23 May 2017

The Chairperson of the Finance Committee who is also the Member from Wamrong constituency presented the review report on the National Budget for the year 2017-18. The report which is divided into three parts include the committee’s observations and recommendations on the national budget for the year 2017-18, fiscal incentives 2016 and the report of the third pay commission.

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Deliberation concludes on the Multilateral Agreement for Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries

Posted on : 22 May 2017

Today the House concluded its deliberation on the Multilateral Agreement for Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries. The deliberation on the Agreement had resumed after some of the Members on 17th May submitted that related documents of the Agreement should be made available to the House before further deliberation. The Almaty Programme of Action and the Vienna Programme of Action were subsequently circulated to the Members.

 

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Deliberation concludes on the report of the Good Governance Committee

Posted on : 19 May 2017

The House today continued its deliberation on the report of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) on the annual report of the Anti Corruption Commission for the year 2016. Extensive deliberations were held on the recommendations of the GGC. On the first recommendation, most of the Members submitted that monthly coordination between the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) may not…....

Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 19 May 2017

Distribution of power tillers to all Chiwogs questioned

The Member from Wamrong constituency questioned the Minister for Agriculture & Forests on the distribution of power tillers to all Chiwogs. He submitted that so far power tillers have not been distributed to all Chiwogs.

 

Responding to the query, the Minister informed that according to an assessment carried out, around 7,000 power tillers were required for the country. However, he added…....

Good Governance Committee reports on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Annual Report

Posted on : 18 May 2017

 

The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Assembly presented its report on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) Annual Report for the year 2016. The report was presented by the Member of Nyishog-Saephu constituency who is the Dy. Chairperson of the GGC. The report highlighted some of the ACC’s major initiatives. It was also reported that the ACC had reorganized its structure to make best use of its limited human…....

Deliberation deffered on Multilateral Agreement for establishment of Think Tank

Posted on : 17 May 2017

Today, the Foreign Minister introduced the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of Think Tank for Land Locked Development Countries in the House. The Minister informed that the agreement would benefit the country in sharing ideas and expertise for development with other land locked countries.  It was also informed that the international consultations pertaining to the agreement had started since 2009 and the Think Tank would be established in Mongolia after…....

National Assembly bags second prize in the National Website Competition

Posted on : 17 May 2017

 

The National Assembly website won the second prize in the national website competition for the year 2016-17 which was organized by the Ministry of Information & Communications. The award ceremony was graced today by the Hon’ble Minister for Information & Communications and was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information & Communications coinciding with the World Telecommunication & Information Society Day.

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Senior Vice President of Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha calls on the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 16 May 2017

 

Senior Vice President Mr. P.R Barua of Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha, Dharmarajika Buddhist Monastery called on the Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo earlier this morning. The visiting guest was briefed on the parliamentary system of the country and he also witnessed today’s sitting inside the Gyalyong Tshokhang.

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Highlights from Question Hour

Posted on : 16 May 2017

Taxation on cash crops questioned

The Member from Dophuchen-Tading constituency questioned the Minister for Finance on taxation policy on agricultural products specifically on tax incentives pertaining to cash crops. In his response, the Minister for Finance clarified that the taxes pertaining to cash crops were not introduced by the present government but was already in practice as per the Income Tax Act of 2001. He also informed that there is…....

Motion to improve the livelihood of highlanders discussed

Posted on : 16 May 2017

A 13 member ad-hoc committee formed on drawing recommendations for the improvement of livelihood of highlanders presented its report to the House today. As the Chairperson of the committee, the Leader of the Opposition whose constituency also consists of highlanders presented the report. The report included various recommendations from improving banking facilities to enabling easy access to helicopter services at high altitude places. It was also recommended that tourism in…....

Minister for Labor & Human Resources present report on increasing the maternity leave

Posted on : 15 May 2017

The Minister for Labor & Human Resources presented a report on the implementation status of increasing the maternity leave for women working in corporations and private sector. The report was presented as per the resolution of the 8th Session of the Second Parliament.

 

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Students from Trashigang visits National Assembly

Posted on : 15 May 2017

A total of ten students and three teachers from Jigme Sherabling Central School and Tashitse Higher Secondary School in Trashigang visited the National Assembly earlier this morning. The students not only witnessed the National Assembly’s sitting for the day but were also met upon by the Hon’ble Speaker Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo and the Hon’ble Education Minister Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk.

 
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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 12 May 2017

 

Before commencing the day’s session, on behalf of the House, the Hon’ble Speaker expressed his gratitude to all the nurses in the country for their dedicated service on the occasion of the International Nurses Day.  

 
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Petition to upgrade Zhemgang Central School to a college in Zhemgang Dzongkhag

Posted on : 11 May 2017

On the petition submitted by Zhemgang Dzongkhag Tshogdu to upgrade Zhemgang Central School to a college, the Education Minister reported that the Ministry of Education would study the possibility to introduce a college in Zhemgang Dzongkhag or upgrade the existing school and accordingly submit a proposal to the Cabinet. 

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Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 tabled in the House

Posted on : 10 May 2017

The Finance Minister today presented the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 in the House. The Bill has been endorsed by the House for the third reading after the Finance Minister submitted on the objectives and principles of the Bill. He said that once the Bill is passed, it would benefit in matters pertaining to FDI and ease of doing business among others.

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Marriage Bill of Bhutan 2017 referred to the National Law Review Taskforce

Posted on : 10 May 2017

 

The Marriage Bill of Bhutan 2017 was tabled for the third reading in the House today. The Chairperson of the Women, Children & Youth Committee who is also the Member from Chumey-Ura constituency informed that the Bill has been extensively reviewed and deliberated not only in committee meetings but also with various stakeholders. He further informed that it had become imperative to pass a new law on marriage as…....

Anti Corruption Specialists visit the National Assembly

Posted on : 10 May 2017

Ms. Elizabeth Hart, an Anti-Corruption consultant based in the United states and Ms. Elodie Birth Seo, UNDP Anti Corruption Advisor based in Asia Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok met with the Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo and  Hon’ble Member Yogesh Tamang, Chairperson for the Good Governance Committee on 9th of May 2017. The team is in the country to plan the next five year strategy for the Anti Corruption Commission.

 

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The Finance Minister presents the report of the Third Pay Commission & the Pay Revision Report

Posted on : 09 May 2017

The Finance Minister today presented the report of the Third Pay Commission and the Pay Revision Report 2017. The Minister reported that based on the recommendation of the commission, government has decided to revise the pay of local government members by 40%, daily allowance by 33% to 66% along with the entitlement to claim mileage while traveling outside Gewogs and Thromdes. The Special Responsibility Allowance for Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons…....

Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 09 May 2017

Drop in happiness ranking questioned

The Leader of the Opposition questioned the Prime Minister on the drop of Bhutan’s ranking in the world happiness report from 84th place out of 157 countries in 2016 to 97th place out of 150 countries in 2017. He further questioned the plans and policies of the government to improve the happiness standard in the country.

 

Answering the query, the Prime Minister said that…....

Finance Minister presents the Annual Budget for the financial year 2017-18 to the House

Posted on : 08 May 2017

The Finance Minister today presented the annual budget for the financial year 2017-18 to the House with the outlay of Nu. 55,850.264 million. However, as per the report, the total budget appropriation for the financial year is Nu.60,777.871 million including a total expenditure of Nu.57,915.710 million, lending of Nu. 41.840 million and repayment of Nu. 2,820.321 million.

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Joint sitting unanimously pass the Customs Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on : 04 May 2017

The joint sitting of Parliament unanimously passed the Customs Bill of Bhutan 2017 earlier this morning after all 69 members present voted in favour of the Bill to be passed. Deliberations were held on five disputed clauses between the two Houses upon the grant of Royal Kasho which was read out to the House by the Secretary General of the National Assembly. The recommendations on the five clauses were presented…....

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graces the Opening Ceremony of the Ninth Session of the Second Parliament

Posted on : 03 May 2017

Today His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graced the opening ceremony of the Ninth Session of the Second Parliament. His Majesty was received in an elaborate chipdrel ceremony to the Gyalyong Tshogkhang and the occasion was marked by traditional Zhudrel Phunesum Tshogpai ceremony.

The Members of the Royal Family, representatives of the Central Monastic Body, senior government officials, representatives of the international community and the public attended the occasion.

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Young MPs from Asia-Pacific meets in Colombo

Posted on : 27 April 2017

More than 50 young parliamentarians from Asia-Pacific countries had gathered in Sri Lanka from 25-26 April 2017 to discuss their role in advancing inclusive and peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism in the region. The delegation of young parliamentarians from the National Assembly of Bhutan consisted of Hon’ble Tshewang Jurmi of Chumey-Ura constituency, Hon’ble  Rinzin Dorji of Phuentsholing constituency and Hon’ble Dupthob of Boomdeling-Jamkhar constituency.

 

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ADB Country Director calls on the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 15 April 2017

The country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Ms. Gem Lao-Arya called on the Hon’ble Speaker on the 14th of April 2017. The Hon’ble Speaker extended a formal welcome to the country Director and expressed his appreciation for the excellent partnership including technical support offered by the ADB to Bhutan. He also urged the ADB to explore possibilities of supporting the parliament in terms of capacity building and professional…....

Vice President of German Bundestag visits the National Assembly

Posted on : 07 April 2017

The Vice President of German Bundestag, Ms. Claudia Roth visited the National Assembly today. She was leading a four member delegation from the German Bundestag. Meeting with the Hon’ble Dy. Speaker, she expressed her happiness to be in Bhutan and said that the relation between Bhutan and Germany would reach new height in the future.  She also mentioned that Germany adored the stand of Bhutan on environmental conservation which was…....

New UN Resident Coordinator calls on the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 22 March 2017

The new UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Gerald Daly paid a courtesy call on to the Hon’ble Speaker earlier this afternoon.  He said that at a time when western democracy faces the challenge of disconnect between the elite and the people at the grassroots; Bhutan was well on track with good working mechanisms. He further added that given Bhutan’s remarkable progress, it was a privilege for the UNDP to support Bhutan.

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Parliamentary delegation attends Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s committee meetings

Posted on : 20 March 2017

A three member delegation led by the Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo attended meetings of Standing Committee for Creation of Asian Parliament (SCCAP) and APA Standing Committee on Political Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan from March 13-17, 2017.

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Presentation on BICMA Bill 2016

Posted on : 14 March 2017

The officials from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) made a brief presentation on BICMA Bill 2016 to the Honorable members of the legislative committee today. A total of 30 participants attended the meeting.

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Virtual Zomdue Facility inaugurated in Darla Gewog

Posted on : 14 March 2017

The recently installed virtual zomdue facility in Darla Gewog was jointly inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Haoliang Xu, the Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Lyonpo Dawa Gyeltshen, Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs yesterday.

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45 Community Centre Operators trained on Virtual Zomdue

Posted on : 10 March 2017

A total of 45 community centre operators were trained on Virtual Zomdue from 6-9 March 2017 at Phuentsholing.  The training which was jointly organized by the Parliament and the UNDP focused on enhancing the capacity of the community centre operators in efficient utilization of the virtual zomdue facility. Most part of the training involved practical sessions whereby the participants learnt about network setting, configuration, troubleshooting, hardware setting and bridge connectivity…....

New Director of Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) calls on Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 10 March 2017

The new Director of Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD), Mr. Rasmus Helveg Petersen called on Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo on 9th March 2017. The Danish Govt. had been supporting Govt. and the Parliament since 2002.

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Secretariat staff attend Leadership Course

Posted on : 07 March 2017

A total of 13 Officers from the National Assembly Secretariat is attending a five day in-country training programme titled ‘Leadership: Leading to inspire’ in Phuentsholing from 6 -10 March, 2017. The training is aimed at equipping the participants with core leadership skills in order to enhance their professionalism. During the course of the training, the participants will mainly be engaged with introspective and practical sessions to arouse their leadership potentials.

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Workshop conducted on Introduction to Basic Legal Principles and Interpretation of Statutes

Posted on : 21 February 2017

A five day workshop was conducted on Introduction to Basic Legal Principles and Interpretation of Statutes for the Committee Secretaries of the National Assembly at Phuentsholing from 16-20 February 2017. During the course of workshop, the participants were able to comprehend some of the important subjects such as law making institutions, constitutional provisions related to law making and doctrine of separation of power, and rule of law.

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Bhutanese parliamentary delegation attends South Asian Speakers’ summit on SDGs

Posted on : 20 February 2017

A joint parliamentary delegation led by the Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo of the National Assembly attended the second South Asian Speakers’ summit on SDGs in Indore, India held from 18-20 February 2017. The summit discussed on strengthening regional cooperation and resources for SDGs. Discussions were also held on impacts of climate change and growing inequalities between men and women.

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Workshop conducted on Paperless initiatives

Posted on : 13 February 2017

The officers and staff of the National Assembly Secretariat attended a half day workshop on Paperless Operations today in the Gyelyong Tshokhang conference hall. The training workshop was organized by Mr. Duba, Director and Mr. Sampa Dhendup, ICTA to acquaint the officers and staff on the paperless operations for implementation in the National Assembly Secretariat. The participants were also presented on the use of various Google apps which could significantly…....

Parliament celebrates the 1st Birth Anniversary of HRH the Gyalsey

Posted on : 05 February 2017

The Parliament today marked the joyous occasion of the 1st birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck at the Gyelyong Tshokhang.  Coinciding with the occasion, the third issue of the Legislative Journal and the Public Hearing Manual was launched. The event was graced by the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly and the Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council. Hon’ble Members of Parliament , Mr. Piet…....

Ambassadors from EU Member States calls on the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 31 January 2017

A delegation comprising of Ambassadors of Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania and Malta called on the Hon’ble Speaker earlier this afternoon. The delegation was led by H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, EU Ambassador to Bhutan.

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Members of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament visits the National Assembly

Posted on : 29 December 2016

 

A total of 67 students who are members of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament visited the National Assembly today. The youngsters were greeted by Hon’ble Chimi Dorji, Dy. Speaker of the National Assembly.

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Mongolian Foreign Minister visits National Assembly

Posted on : 21 December 2016

The Foreign Minister of Mongolia H.E. Mr. Tsend Munkh-Orgil called on the Hon’ble Dy. Speaker Dasho Chimi Dorji earlier this morning. The visiting dignitary was accompanied by Mongolian Ambassador to Bhutan, H.E. Mr. Gongchig Ganbold, Hon’ble Mr. Lkhagvaa Eldev-Ochir, MP and three other officials from the Mongolian embassy based in New Delhi and the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Civil service medals awarded

Posted on : 15 December 2016

The Secretary General of the National Assembly awarded the civil service medals earlier today to Ms. Tashi Dem, Sr. ICT Officer and Ms. Sonam Wangmo, Human Resource Officer with the National Assembly Secretariat. The bronze medals were awarded to the duo for completing 10 years of dedicated service.

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Parliament conducts Awareness workshop on the Legislative Drafting Manual, 2016 today

Posted on : 13 December 2016

The Parliament today organized an awareness workshop on the Legislative Drafting Manual, 2016 for the Legal Officers from the ministries and agencies  at the Jambayang Resort, Thimphu. The objective of the workshop was to bring uniformity and consistency in the drafting of bills by government and private drafters through the Legislative Drafting Manual.The workshop was chaired by the Hon’ble Speaker and was attended by six Members of Parliament and 30…....

Public Accounts Committee organizes a Presentation on the Four Performance Audit Reports to the Parliamentarians

Posted on : 13 December 2016

Public Accounts Committee organized a Presentation on the Four Performance Audit Reports of the RAA  to the Parliamentarians today.  Royal Audit Authority made the presentation on each of the following reports. The Presentations include

  1. Joint Performance Audit Report of Punatsangchu Hydro Project Authority –I
  2. Performance Audit Report on the Business Income Tax Administration
  3. Performance Audit Report on the Disaster Management
  4. Performance Audit on the IT and Public Expenditure Management…....

The 8th Session of Second Parliament concludes

Posted on : 09 December 2016

The 8th Session of the Second Parliament concluded today. The occasion was graced by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, Members of the Royal Family, representatives of the international community, senior government officials, students and other people attended the occasion.

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