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National Assembly Adopts the Audit Bill 2017

Posted on :29 November 2017

National Assembly Adopts the Audit Bill 2017

The National Assembly adopted the Audit Bill 2017 today with 41 “Yes” votes, 1 “No” vote and 1 “Abstain”, out of the 43 members present and voting.

The Audit Bill, introduced as a private members Bill in the National Council was extensively deliberated in the National Assembly for two days. The member from South-Thimphu constituency in his dissenting opinion said that, he did not support the Bill because, he felt that the most important section of the Bill, Section 73 pertaining to powers of the Authority to frame rules and regulations and to carry out its duties effectively and its 23-point sub-clauses were removed.

The Bill will be transmitted to National Council for re-deliberation.


Third Reading of the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

The Finance Committee, after reviewing the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 submitted the Bill, to the House for Third Reading along with its recommendations.

The House debated on the expiration date of the tourism levy exemption for the eastern circuit. While some members felt that it should be extended for five years, others felt that it should be retained till 31st December 2020. The House, however, decided to retain the dates as in the Bill by a majority decision.

The House also deliberated the need to remove the Chapters on Roles and Responsibilities, Offense and Penalties and Miscellaneous provisions from the Bill. The Finance Committee Chairperson clarified that the provisions should be retained in order to provide more clarity because the Tourism Rules and Regulations do not cover these provisions. The House agreed to retain the provisions based on majority decision.

The House will vote to pass the Bill tomorrow.     



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