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The Good Governance Committee presented its report to the National Assembly

Posted on :07 June 2016

The Good Governance Committee presented its report on Annual Anti-corruption Commission Report 2015 to the National Assembly on 7th June 2016, as per Article 27 Section 4 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

 

The Chairperson of the Committee began the Report with the words of His Majesty the fifth Druk Gyalpo and it states, “Corruption is unambiguous- there is no great or small corruption. And no one can be above the law&rdquo . The Chairperson also emphasized on the command granted to the ACC during the audience from His Majesty. His Majesty commanded that the motto  “clean safe, organized and beautiful”, be pursued in ACC’s endeavours towards strengthening the nation, so that it is clearly evident to future generations.

 

The Report highlighted on the ACC’s major initiatives and challenges including the significant issues such as budgetary constraints, restitution and fronting cases. The report also presented status on compliance by the Commission and other respective agencies of the government on the resolutions adopted by both the House in the 5th Session.  In addition, the Report also stated 8 recommendations for deliberations and directives of the House.

 

Following the presentation from the Committee, the House deliberated on the report at length. Hon Member of Nganglam constituency informed the House that the Budget for fiscal year 2016-17 reflects adequate budget for ACC in terms of both Human Resource Development and for recurrent costs. The Minister for Finance supported the Member of Nanglam by making a proposal to remove recommendation 1 and 2 from the report as the government already allocated enough budgets for ACC, in consideration of  the importance government put on curbing corruption in the country. The Hon Prime Minister also highlighted that the provision to provide adequate budget for Constitutional offices are already there in Constitution and hence not required to explicitly pass as resolution.

 

Consequently, the House resolved to omit recommendation 1 from the Report. Recommendations 2, 3 and 4 were endorsed with some minor changes while recommendations 6, 7 and 8 were endorsed as it was submitted by the Committee. Deliberating on recommendation 5. many members shared concerns on defining "fronting" as criminal as it would have negative impact on general public. Therefore, as suggested by the Minister for Education, the House directed Ministry of Economic Affairs to carry out a thorough study on the issue and report to the Women, Children and Youth Committee and Legislative Committee to subsequently report in the next session of the National Assembly.

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