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Rules of Procedure of the Public Accounts Committee deliberated

Posted on : 15 May 2015

The Rules of Procedure (RoP) of the Public Accounts Committee was deliberated in the joint sitting.  One of the major deliberations pertained to section 8 regarding the chairpersonship of the Public Accounts Committee. 

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Public Accounts Committee presents review report on the Public Debt Management

Posted on : 15 May 2015

The Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Hon Choida Jamtsho presented the report of the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) on Public Debt Management to the joint sitting of Parliament. The report was reviewed by the PAC considering significant audit findings.
The Chairperson informed that while RAA’s review was confined mostly to the period 2008-09 and 2012-13, inferences were also made to the preceding and succeeding periods. The report…....

Joint Sitting passes the Tenancy Bill

Posted on : 14 May 2015

The Joint Sitting of Parliament passed the Tenancy Bill of Bhutan 2014. The Bill got 60 votes in favour to be passed while two Members voted ‘No’ and four Members abstained from voting. There were a total of 66 Members present.


The Chairperson of the joint committee on the Bill, Hon Karma Tenzin of Wamrong Constituency presented the recommendations of the joint committee on 12 clauses. The Chairperson…....

Attorney General Bill passes through the Joint Sitting

Posted on : 13 May 2015

The Attorney General Bill of Bhutan 2014 was endorsed by the joint sitting of Parliament after 47 Members voted ‘Yes’ and three Members abstained from voting out of 50 Members who voted for the Bill.


The recommendations of the joint committee were presented by Hon Kuenlay Tshering, the Chairperson of the joint committee who is also an Eminent Member of the National Council.  The Chairperson informed that although…....

Joint Sitting passes two more Bills

Posted on : 12 May 2015

The joint sitting of Parliament passed the Local Government Members Entitlement Bill 2014 and the Bio-safety Bill of Bhutan 2014. Out of 67 Members present, 66 Members voted in favour of the Local Government Members Entitlement Bill to be passed while one abstained from voting. Similarly, the Bio-safety Bill of Bhutan 2014 was passed after 66 Members voted ‘Yes’ and one abstained from voting while no vote was cast against…....

Joint Sitting passes the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Bill

Posted on : 11 May 2015

The joint sitting of Parliament passed the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Bill of Bhutan 2014 after 66 Members voted ‘Yes’ and three Members abstained from voting. There were a total of 69 Members present during the voting.

A total of 15 recommendations were made by the joint committee which was presented by Hon Leki Dorji, the Chairperson of the joint committee. Most of the clauses which were…....

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graces the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Session of the 2nd Parliament

Posted on : 08 May 2015

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graced the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Session of the 2nd Parliament. The occasion began with the Zhugdrel Phuentshum Tshogpai ceremony after His Majesty was received with elaborate chibdrel procession. His Majesty was accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and Members of the Royal Family.

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Plenary meeting held for the disputed Bills

Posted on : 30 April 2015

The National Assembly held its plenary meeting on the disputed Bills which were reviewed by the Joint Committees of Parliament. The disputed Bills were Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances Abuse Bill of Bhutan 2014, Local Government Members Entitlement Bill of Bhutan 2014, Bio-Safety Bill of Bhutan 2014, Office of the Attorney General Bill of Bhutan 2014 and the Tenancy Amendment Bill of Bhutan 2014.

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Foreign Relations Committee briefed on International Framework Agreements

Posted on : 29 April 2015

The Foreign Relations Committee of the National Assembly was briefed on the UN Convention against Corruption, European Investment Bank Framework Agreement and SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation on 29th April 2015 at the Office of the Members of Parliament.  Presentations were made by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Ministry for Finance and the Ministry for Economic Affairs.

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US Ambassador to India meets with the Bhutanese Parliamentarians

Posted on : 22 April 2015

The US Ambassador to India H.E. Mr. Richard Verma met with the Members of the Foreign Relations Committees of the National Assembly and the National Council on 22nd April 2015 at the Gyelyong Tshokhang. The Hon Chairperson of the Economic Development and Private Sector Committee of the National Assembly also attended the meeting.

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Thailand-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group visits the National Assembly of Bhutan

Posted on : 20 April 2015

A 15 member delegation led by Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, from the Thailand-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand visited the National Assembly of Bhutan earlier this morning. The founder of the Thailand-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group General Teeradej Meepien was also part of the delegation. 

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Preliminary meeting held for the 5th session of the 2nd Parliament

Posted on : 16 April 2015

The National Assembly held its preliminary meeting for the 5th session of the 2nd parliament of Bhutan on 15th April 2015. The meeting was attended by the Hon Prime Minister of Bhutan, Cabinet Ministers and the Hon Members of National Assembly.

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National Assembly dedicates the 2nd issue of the Legislative Journal to His Majesty the Drukgyal Zhipa

Posted on : 15 April 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan launched the second issue of the ‘Legislative Journal’- A magazine of the National Assembly on 15th April 2015 at the Gyelyong Tshokhang. The Legislative Journal contains articles expressing perspectives and information on democracy and legislature.

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Parliamentarians attend workshop on population and development issues

Posted on : 13 April 2015

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) in collaboration with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the National Assembly of Bhutan organized a workshop for the Members of Parliament on 10th April 2015.  

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AFPPD officials called on the Hon Speaker

Posted on : 09 April 2015

The Acting Director of Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development          (AFPPD) Mr. John N Hyde called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo earlier this morning. The Director was accompanied by Ms. Mary Antonetie Abello, Programme Specialist for South Asia Advocacy.  

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