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Deliberation concludes on the report of the Good Governance Committee

Posted on :19 May 2017

The House today continued its deliberation on the report of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) on the annual report of the Anti Corruption Commission for the year 2016. Extensive deliberations were held on the recommendations of the GGC. On the first recommendation, most of the Members submitted that monthly coordination between the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) may not be possible. Submissions were made that while regular coordination meetings were important, specific directives of the House requiring monthly meeting should not be passed as it will not be practical for the agencies to comply. It was resolved that the ACC, OAG and RBP should institute a system of regular coordination meetings to improve evidence, produce defendants to court on the appointed day and other matters.

Deliberating on the fourth recommendation, submissions were made that time frame of six months for the Office of the Attorney General to complete restitution of long overdue cases was not practical either. Members like the Minister for Finance submitted that the recommendation should state for completion to restitute long overdue cases as early as possible instead of drawing a time frame of six months. Supporting the submission, the Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed that ascertaining a time frame was not appropriate as sometime it was difficult to locate people related to cases due to various reasons including demise.  Subsequently, the House resolved that the OAG should complete restitution of long overdue cases as soon as possible with the Ministry of Finance providing additional budgets and the Royal Civil Service Commission providing necessary human resources and a report to this effect should be tabled in the next session.

 

The House meanwhile resolved not to endorse the sixth recommendation which states that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Affairs should present their findings on the proposals for improvements in the trade licensing and customs and tax administration.

 

The House endorsed eight out of the total nine recommendations submitted by the GGC.

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