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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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National Council endorses the resolutions of the National Assembly on Income Tax & Supplementary Budget

Posted on : 08 December 2016

The Dy. Speaker today informed the House that the National Council had deliberated and endorsed the resolutions of the National Assembly on Income Tax (Repeal of Certain Provisions) Bill 2016 and the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2016-17. There have been no recommendations or objections on the above agenda from the National Council.

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Deliberation concludes on the Public Accounts Committee’s report

Posted on : 07 December 2016

The joint sitting today continued its deliberation on the report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Deliberating on the implementation of the resolutions of the sixth session, Members submitted that three of the seven resolutions were not implemented undermining the parliamentary resolutions.

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Public Accounts Committee presents report

Posted on : 06 December 2016

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) presented the annual audit reports to the joint sitting of parliament today as per Article 25(6) of the Constitution. The Member of National Assembly from Kabji-Talo constituency who is also the chairperson for the PAC made the presentation which included synthesis of annual audit report 2015 and the follow up of the resolution of the 6th session of second parliament.

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House re-deliberates on the Sub-regional Motor Vehicle Agreement (BBIN)

Posted on : 05 December 2016

The House re-deliberated on the Motor Vehicle Agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN). The deliberations were based on 15 point objections transmitted by the National Council which deliberated and voted not to ratify the agreement on 15th of this month. The National Assembly had ratified the agreement during the 7th session of the Second Parliament.

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National Assembly adopts Trade, Commerce and Transit Agreement with India

Posted on : 05 December 2016

The National Assembly today unanimously adopted the Trade, Commerce and Transit Agreement between Bhutan and India. There were a total of 43 Members present during the voting. Following the adoption, the Speaker of the House expressed his appreciation to the government and parliament of India for their support and high regard in adopting the agreement.

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3-day field visit to Trongsa Dzongkhag

Posted on : 03 December 2016

Hon’ble Members of National Assembly led by Hon’ble Tshogpon made a 3-day field visit to Trongsa Dzongkhag from 1 – 3 December 2016. The sole purpose of the visit was to facilitate Hon’ble Members of National Assembly to oversee the implementation status of national mega projects. 

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Trade, Commerce & Transit Agreement with India introduced

Posted on : 30 November 2016

The Minister for Economic Affairs presented the Agreement on Trade, Commerce & Transit between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the Republic of India. The Minister informed that the Agreement was first signed in 1972 and it was the fifth time that the Agreement was being revised. One new article has been added to the agreement and two other articles were revised while nine articles remained as…....

National Assembly passes the Civil Aviation Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 30 November 2016

The National Assembly today unanimously passed the Civil Aviation Bill of Bhutan 2015. There were 37 Members present during the voting. The Bill will now be submitted to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo as per Article 13(6) of the Constitution for Royal assent.

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House re-deliberates on the Civil Aviation Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 29 November 2016

The House re-deliberated on the Civil Aviation Bill of Bhutan 2015. A total of 30 amendments were proposed by the National Council, all of which were endorsed by the National Assembly.

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Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly

Posted on : 29 November 2016

The National Assembly passed the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2016-17. The supplementary budget approved amounts to the tune of Nu. 262.808 million which takes the revised approved budget for the financial year 2016-17 to the tune of Nu. 55,091.036 million. The Bill received 39 votes in favour while two Members voted ‘No’ and one Member abstained from voting. There were 42 Members present during the voting.

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National Assembly passes the Income Tax Bill 2016

Posted on : 29 November 2016

The National Assembly today passed the Income Tax (Repeal of Certain Provisions) Bill of Bhutan 2016 after 39 Members voted ‘Yes’ and two Members voted ‘No’ while one Member abstained from voting. There were 42 Members present during the voting.

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Highlights from Question Hour

Posted on : 29 November 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Driglam Namzhag training for local government leaders discussed

The Member from Nyishog Saephu constituency enquired on government’s plan to conduct training on Driglam Namzhag-Rules for Disciplined Behavior for the recently elected local government leaders. He said that it was important to impart such training to the local leaders in a bid to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the country. In his response, the Minister…....

Finance Committee reports on Income Tax Bill of Bhutan 2016

Posted on : 28 November 2016

Today, the Member from Wamrong constituency, who is also the Chairperson for the Finance Committee, presented the review report on Income Tax (Repeal of Certain Provisions) Bill of Bhutan 2016 to the House. Supporting the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, the committee recommended for the complete exemption of tax on the interest income earned from fixed deposits. The Chairperson said that the tax exemption would not only benefit the…....

Finance Committee reports on Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill, 2016-17

Posted on : 28 November 2016

The review report of the Finance Committee on Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill, 2016-17 was presented to the House today. The report was presented by the Member from Kengkhar-Weringla constituency who is a member of the Finance Committee.

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