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Women & Children Committee presents report

Posted on : 02 December 2014

The Dy. Chairperson of the Women & Children Committee presented a report to the House based on the tour undertaken by the committee to seven Dzongkhags earlier this year. It was reported that during the tour various schools, hospitals and centers related to children’s welfare were visited. 

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 02 December 2014

Thimphu-Trashigang Highway widening will not affect other developmental projects

In the last question hour for this session, the Member from Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang constituency asked the Prime Minister whether or not the double lining of Thimphu-Trashignag highway would affect other developmental activities. The Member expressed that the double lining work in question would cost Nu.6 billion and was not included in the plan. 

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Local Government Members Entitlement Bill

Posted on : 02 December 2014

The House deliberated on the recommendations made by the National Council on the Local Government Members Entitlement Bill 2014. One of the major deliberations ensued on section 15 which provides entitlement of mobile voucher allowance to Gups and Thrompons. The National Council has however recommended that a Member of the Local Government should be entitled to a mobile voucher allowance as per the approved amount and the entitlement should not…....

Bills introduced in the National Assembly

Posted on : 01 December 2014

Jami (Amendment) Bill introduced in the National Assembly

The Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs introduced the Jabmi (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014 in the National Assembly. The Bill which is going to be the amendment to the Jabmi Act of 2003 has 11 sections. The main contents of the Jabmi (Amendment) Bill are the composition of Jabmi Tshogde and Jabmi Thuentshog. 

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Human Rights Committee presents report to the House

Posted on : 01 December 2014

The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee presented its report to the House. The Chairperson informed that the report was mainly based on the review conducted on human rights issues pertaining to declaration of the identity of loan defaulters in media and issues pertaining to Drayangs. He also reported that the committee visited and reviewed the status of Dawakha Open Air Prison and the Youth Rehabilitation Center in Tsimasham. 

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Re-Deliberation on the Parliamentary Entitlement (Amendment) Bill 2014

Posted on : 01 December 2014

The House re-deliberated on the Parliamentary Entitlement (Amendment) Bill 2014 and endorsed the recommendations made by the National Council. One of the major recommendations made by the National Council was on section 20 which entitles every Member of Parliament to a lump sum amount to purchase a vehicle, exemption of customs duty & sales tax for purchase of vehicle not exceeding 3000 cc, a monthly driver allowance and a monthly…....

Enterprise Registration Bill deferred to the next session

Posted on : 28 November 2014

Following the submission by the Minister for Economic Affairs, the National Assembly resolved to defer the Enterprise Registration Bill to the next session. 

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 28 November 2014

Experts’ assessment for the construction of Lhamozingkha-Sarpang road underway

During the question hour, the Member from Gelephug constituency questioned on when the road between Lhamozingkha and Sarpang would be constructed. The questioned was asked amid the rise in abduction of Bhutanese people along the southern borders. 

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National Assembly passes the Entitlement & Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices

Posted on : 27 November 2014

The House passed the Entitlement & Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices after 24 Members voted ‘Yes’ and 15 members voted ‘No’ of the 39 Members present and voting.

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Third Reading commences on the Enterprise Registration Bill

Posted on : 27 November 2014

The third reading on the Enterprise Registration Bill 2014 commenced in the National Assembly.  While deliberating on section 4 of the Bill, the Members expressed that there was discrepancy in the Dzongkha and English version of the Bill leading to ambiguities. The House directed to address the translation ambiguities in the Bill.

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House resolves to amend the Entitlement & Service Conditions Act for the Holders, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices

Posted on : 26 November 2014

The House continued its deliberation on the (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices. The Minister for Finance expressed that as per the existing Act, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices who were experienced and qualified individuals were deprived of the opportunity to serve the nation as they have to retire before the normal age of retirement. Many Members expressed similar views and supported…....

House emphasizes on the importance of Enterprise Registration Bill

Posted on : 26 November 2014

The Chairperson of the Economic Development & Private Sector Committee presented the Enterprise Registration Bill 2014 for the third reading to the House. However, the contents of the Bill were not deliberated today as the Members expressed their opinions on the importance of the Enterprise Registration Bill.

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DIPD Director calls on the Hon Speaker

Posted on : 25 November 2014

The Director of Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, Mr. Bjorn Forde called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo on 25th November 2014. The Hon Speaker expressed his appreciation to Mr. Bjorn Forde for organizing a study tour for the political parties of Bhutan to Denmark. Hon Speaker expressed that such study tour will help the political parties outside the parliament to enhance their capacity in strengthening democracy. 

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Service Conditions Act for Holders, Members and Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices enters third reading

Posted on : 25 November 2014

The House commenced its deliberation on the Service Conditions Act for Holders, Members and Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee informed the House that a consultation meeting was held with the Constitutional Offices and most of them expressed that they were not in favour of the proposed amendment.

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 25 November 2014

Unemployment issue raised in the House

The Member from Kengkhar Weringla constituency questioned the Minister for Labour & Human Resources on the status of unemployment problem in the country and how the government was addressing the issue. In his response, the Minister acknowledged that addressing the unemployment issue was indeed one of the major challenges faced by the present government.

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