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Re-deliberation on the Amendments and Objections of the National Council Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Urgent Bill)

Posted on :04 December 2017

The National Assembly re-deliberated on the recommendations and the objections made by the National Council on the Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 today.  

 

Some of the new Sections aimed to put certain measures in place to immediately control new drugs that that are bought into the country until listed by the Board under relevant schedule, specified list of Board members to ensure accountability of Board to general public and maintain good check and balance by reporting to the Parliament as and when the schedule is updated and revised along with revision of definitions and changes in the Schedule.

 

The National Assembly endorsed all recommendations made by the National Council. The House will vote on the recommendations of the National Council to pass the Bill tomorrow after the joint sitting.

 

Re-deliberation on the Amendments and Objections of the National Council on Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Money Bill)

The House re-deliberated on the objections of the National Council on the Tourisms Levy Exemption Bill 2017 today.

The National Council put forward six-point objections to the Bill covering mainly:

  1. The exemption of the levy directly contravened and undermined the Royal Government’s policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”.
  2. Since the exemption was a trial imitative, there is a risk of paving way for total elimination of tourism levy across the country in future if the government deems the trial initiative successful.
  3. The Royal Government by tabling the Bill preempts the impact of completion of the widening of the east west lateral highway and reopening of domestic airports.
  4. Concerned that exemption of the levy on international tourists in the eastern circuit could hamper the very principle of the levy introduced recently for regional tourists.
  5. Concerned that if TCB has the monitoring capacity to ensure that the provision for exemption is not misused.
  6. Not convinced that the low volume of tourists visiting eastern Bhutan is due to the tourism levy. It is believed that the Royal Government must consider other improvements such as infrastructure development, service improvements and product diversification.

 

The National Assembly members noted that the concerns raised by the National Council were already deliberated in detail before it was transmitted to the National Council and the main objective of the Bill is to promote and market Eastern Dzongkhags which will benefit the whole country.

 

The House with show of hands agreed to stand by its earlier decision. The National Assembly passed the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill (money bill) as decided earlier.

 

Continuation of deliberation on the re-deliberation on the Bhutan Information Communication and Media Bill 2017

The National Assembly continued re-deliberation on the recommendations of the National Council on the Information Communications and Media Bill of Bhutan 2017.

 

The National Assembly endorsed all recommendations made by the National Council and the House will vote to pass the Bill after the Joint Sitting tomorrow.

 

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