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Posted on :14 February 2020

A total of eight Questions were raised to the Minister in Group A today. Three questions to the Prime Minister regarding the inconvenience caused to the commuters and hindrance to development activities due to the uncertainty of Sunkosh Hydroelectric Projects and delay in the  the construction of Lhamoizingkha to Dalbari Highway  and motorable bridge construction over Sunkosh thereof,  clarification on informal salary structure and formula regarding the pay revision among the DHI Corporations and clarification on when the Government will review the policies and laws for the civil servants.

The Minister for Information and Communication was questioned on the strategies and measures to reduce higher data charges, plans to start a private telecom service and possibility of provision of free equipment and devices related to Bhutan Broadcasting Services. 

Questions on  disaster precautionary measures taken on Phangruchhu, a stream in Zawa-Jorogang Chiwog under Wangdiphodrang, clarification on the land allotment to the people of Sinkaulay under Samtse Dzongkhag and the rationale behind the new policy requiring to produce To Whom It May Concern Letter in Dzongkha along with Family Tree document for pre-primary admission in 2020 were asked to the Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs.

Regarding the strategies and measures to reduce higher data charges from Bhutan Telecom Limited and Tashi Cell, the Minister for Information and Communication said that the Ministry is working closely with Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority (BICMA) to reduce the data charges. Regarding the plan to establish private telecom services, the Minister mentioned that the establishment of another telecom service provider will need intensive  prior research and study. The Minister also reported that according to a report from BICMA, Bhutan’s tele density is almost 95% and starting another telecom service provider could lead to more problems. The House was informed that  currently there is no plan to introduce another telecom service provider, but if a need is felt in future, the Ministry will work on it and report to the House.

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