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Economic and Finance Committee to Re-deliberate on the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for Financial year 2019-20

Posted on :02 June 2020

During the Presentation of the Annual Budget 2020-21  to the House by the Finance Minister on 1 June 2020, the Supplementary Appropriation Bill for the FY 2019-2020 for a sum not exceeding Nu. 903.277 million was also tabled for re-deliberation. 

The Supplementary Appropriation Bill was submitted to meet the expenditure on account of revision of pay and allowances for the Royal Bhutan Police, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, revision of stipend, subsidy to State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) considered by the Lhengye Zhungtshog and expenditures for Parliamentary Committees and Secretariat services of the National Assembly of Bhutan. 

The Bill was adopted and submitted for Royal Assent in March 2020. Subsequent to its submission, the first COVID-19 positive case was detected in the country. Due to the pandemic, the National Assembly felt that, Nu. 5 million appropriated for the Parliamentary Committees and Secretariat services was not required. Hence, as per the submission made and assented by the Druk Gyalpo, the Bill was tabled for re-deliberation and referred to the Economics and Finance Committee to review and present its report before the House regarding the withdrawal of the sum  appropriated  to the National Assembly Secretariat. 

The Speaker, while referring Bill to the Committee, reminded to keep in mind the due Legislative Procedure and principles of Budget Approval. The Committee will present its report to the House in the next sitting of National Assembly along with the  report on the Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2020-21 and Supplementary  Budget Appropriation Bill for the FY 2019-20 on 6 June 2020. 

 

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