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National Assembly to join the AFPPD as a member

Posted on : 27 May 2015

The House unanimously resolved to join as a member in the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development. The Hon Speaker informed that although Bhutan was not a member, the AFPPD has benefited the Bhutanese parliamentarians through exchange of experiences with Asian parliamentarians and moreover no membership fees were required to join the organization.

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Minister for Finance presents Annual Budget Report for the financial year 2015-16

Posted on : 26 May 2015

As per Article 14 (8) of the Constitution, the Minister for Finance presented the Annual Budget for the financial year 2015-16 and the report on the budget of the previous fiscal year.  The Minister for Finance reported that the total budget outlay for the financial year 2015-16 was Nu.50,713.707 million including both lending and repayment of which current expenditure was 47% and the capital expenditure was 46%.

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Highlights from the 3rd Question Hour

Posted on : 26 May 2015

Raising his question, the Member from Bartsham-Shongphu constituency asked on the amount and areas in which the government had managed to secure Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  The Minister for Economic Affairs responded that since FDI policy was imperative for the country’s economic development, the government continues to emphasize on this policy.  He informed that in the last two years, 16 FDI projects have been approved while preliminary approval has also…....

House begins its deliberation on Jabmi Amendment Bill

Posted on : 25 May 2015

The House began its deliberation on the Jabmi Amendment Bill of Bhutan 2014. The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, Hon Member Lekey Dorji informed that while amendment of 16 sections was proposed initially, the Legislative committee reviewed all 71 sections of the Jabmi Act of 2003. He therefore presented the recommendations of the committee on 34 sections to the House and informed on the objectives of the amendment. He added…....

National Assembly pays tribute on the passing away of former Members of Parliament

Posted on : 24 May 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan is deeply saddened over the untimely demise of two former Members of Parliament. It is with great sorrow that we mourn the demise of Mr. Prem Kumar Gurung who expired on 4th April 2015 and Mr. Prahlad Gurung who expired on 27th February 2015.

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Continuation of Petition from local government

Posted on : 22 May 2015

The House continued its deliberation on the petition from the local government. Deliberating on the petition submitted by the Chukha Dzongkhag on shortage of Dzongkha teachers in the Dzongkhag, the Members submitted that it was imperative to review the issue.

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His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appoints the Secretary General of the National Assembly

Posted on : 22 May 2015

On the 22nd of May, 2015, His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appointed Mr. Sangay Duba, Dzongdag of Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag as the Secretary General of the National Assembly as per section 19 (n) of Article 2 of the Constitution.

The new Secretary General was granted dhar in the Golden Throne Room of Tashichhodzong.

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Highlights from the 2nd Question Hour

Posted on : 22 May 2015

The first question of the day was raised by the Member from Nanong –Shumar constituency. She questioned on the inadequate boarding facilities in central schools.
Since the Minister for Education was not present for the day, the response was made by the Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs on his behalf. The Minister expressed that the government had introduced central schools mainly to improve the quality of education in…....

Discussion resumes on petitions from Local Government

Posted on : 21 May 2015

The Member from South Thimphu constituency submitted on the promotion of the national language ‘Dzongkha’ and the national dress as petitioned by Thimphu Dzongkhag. He submitted that it was important for the Members of Parliament and government officials to set good example to promote the national identity. Concluding his submission, the Member underscored that one of the means to promote the national language was to create job opportunities for people…....

Enterprise Registration Bill introduced in the National Assembly

Posted on : 20 May 2015

The Minister for Economic Affairs introduced the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 to the House. The Minister informed that the Bill was aimed to make the economic institutions in the country viable and provide legal entity to enterprises.  It was informed that at present only two percent of the business entities in the country were covered by the Companies Act of 2000.

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Petitions from the Local Government discussed

Posted on : 20 May 2015

On behalf of the people of Zhemgang Dzongkhag, the Member from Bardo- Trong Constituency submitted that it was imperative to start the construction of Chamkharchu hydro power project for the benefit of the country and particularly to address poverty issues in Zhemgang. The submission was seconded by the Member from Panbang Constituency who highlighted the concerns of the people of Zhemgang on the hydro project not being started despite the…....

National Assembly pays tribute to His Majesty Drukgyal Zhipa and His Holiness the Je Khenpo

Posted on : 19 May 2015

The Member from Nyishu-Sephu constituency moved the motion to pay tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo coinciding with the yearlong celebration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty and His Holiness. He made submissions on the noble and historic initiatives undertaken by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo for the welfare of the country and…....

National Assembly to establish Finance Committee

Posted on : 19 May 2015

The Chairperson of the House Committee, Hon Tshewang Jurmi moved the motion to establish the Finance Committee in the National Assembly to review the budget of the government once it is introduced in the House.

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Highlights from the 1st Question Hour

Posted on : 19 May 2015

Highlights from the 1st Question Hour

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EU Ambassadors visits the National Assembly

Posted on : 19 May 2015

The Ambassador of European Union to Bhutan, H.E Mr. Joao Gomes Cravinho and the Ambassadors of Latvia, Luxembourg and Bulgaria to India called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo this morning.

 

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