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Motion on the need to establish Separate Medical Service Access and Employment Opportunities for the Differently-abled persons.

Posted on :20 June 2019

The Member from Khatoed_Laya constituency moved the motion for establishing a separate Medical Service Access and issuing notification on exclusive Employment Opportunities for Differently-abled persons. The Member of Shompangkha constituency supported the motion.


The Member submitted that the Population and Housing Census of Bhutan (PHCB) report 2017 stated that 2.1% of the population or 15,567 persons are completely disabled in the country. According to the World Bank, persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, poorer health outcomes, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates.  The Member stated that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development clearly states that disability cannot be a reason or criteria for lack of access to development programming and realization of human rights.


Based on the above reasons, the Member moved two motions:

  1. To establish a separate Medical Service Access mainstreamed in the Health Policy for the differently-abled persons.
  2. To issue a Notification of exclusive Employment Opportunities for the differently-abled persons based on their qualification levels and it should be mainstreamed in the Employment Policy.


The House, in general, agreed on the need to support the differently-abled persons and deliberated on the need for a separate Medical Service Access and the need to issue a Notification of Employment Opportunities. The House also decided to incorporate additional sub-motion “Government to adopt the draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities, 2017” within one year.


The House passed the first motion with 35 Yes Votes and 6 Abstaining out of 41 Members present and voting.

The second motion was also passed with 29 Yes votes, 2 No Votes and 10 Abstain out of 41 Members present and voting.

The Third motion got 21 Yes votes, 9 No votes and 11 abstain out of 41 Members present and voting, there by passing the motion.


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