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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…....

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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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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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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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…....

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