Calling for issues

Gyelyong Tshokhang

Gyelyong Tshokhang

The third session of the Parliament will begin on 26 June 2009. But the agenda is not yet final. In fact, we don’t even have a draft agenda. But expect your MPs to discuss the Local Government Bill, Tobacco Bill, Royal Monetary Authority Bill, Civil Service Bill and the 2009-2010 Budget Bill during their summer session. There probably will be other bills too. But, for now, I invite our readers to go through these bills and give me your comments.  The bills should be on the relevant websites (That’s MOHCA, MOH, RMA, RCSC and MOF).

The Parliament will also discuss issues that are submitted by Local Governments. We’ll know what issues these are only after the draft agenda is out.

And individual MPs can also submit issues for the Parliament’s deliberation. So if you have pressing issues, which are of national importance, send them to me. And I’ll submit them to the National Assembly.  But send them to me during the weekend, as the deadline for submitting agenda points is Monday, 25 May.


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  1. Las la!

  2. I am unable to find the bills online – I am very much interested in the RMA and Civil Service bill.

    May be I need to google them rather than try the websites of the organisations

  3. we want to appeal to Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup to come back to the Party and continue as its president. Can we set up a poll for that to convince him? you do a good job but we want LYonpo too.

    • Tashi: we don’t need a poll to convince Lyonpo Sangay, simply because he was and continues to be under tremendous public pressure to stay on as president. But he insists on taking full moral responsibility for the election results. And we must respect his decision. We must support him. But remember: he is still a PDP member. And we don’t know what the future has in store for us!

      • Perhaps our government can start some kind of agenda inputs from people that are screened and then thought about for deliberations.
        Ofcourse it would be too much of mess and workload given the complaining nature of our people. Just thought this would be nice

  4. Thank you Mr OL for this feed. Its a jolly good idea to invite issues from the citizenry.
    This is my bone: Tobacco. Why? look around us! Its everywhere! I don’t ever recall human desires for stimulants being successfully curtailed by governments: Failed bans include the American Prohibition on Alcohol (no doubt billed by a whiskey loving politician wanting to kowtow the righteous Christian belt). Result:’Bootlegging’. The illegal child fathered by AL Capone.
    Same thing here: We have ciggies aplenty but at black market prices. We are creating black marketeers, more criminals, crowded jails et al. Total profit is such an enticing venture that enterprising businessmen will always be present. Colombia, Afghanistan, the Golden Triangle still do business, though billions of dollars are wasted keeping an eye out.
    Another anomaly here is the booze. There’s probably a bar for every six Bhutanese in Bhutan. There’s a K4 whiskey and there’s a brand new K5 whiskey. I’ve nothing against the old liquor but by God, let’s treat them the same. What’s the message? Drink yourself to death, domestic violence, kidney failure but without the smoke?
    Whichever clown came up with this ban needs a public spank.
    Tax it, Ban it at public places, Regulate it but please Mr OL, bring it up and legalize it. A bad law is a bad law, period! Human needs and wants cannot be banned, period. They can only be taxed. Use the tax-revenues to treat alcohol-related problems but let’s get this farcical act over and done with.
    Now I feel like a smoke, nothing goes better with a cuppa hot morning coffee!

  5. Thank you OL for inviting us to post issues that we feel needs to be discussed.

    I have the following issues that I hope you will be able to get the DPT government to clarify/act upon:

    1. CDG: There is an outcry over the legality or usefulness – or even the intension behind this. Please work towards getting it scrapped. I am particularly unhappy that the DPT government did not wait for the King to pass a verdict on the issue. Word is that the matter was put up to the King.

    2. Architect Christopher Benninger: In spite of very strongly worded objections raised by the RAA on the out-of-turn award of massive contracts to the architectural firm of Christopher Benninger, the DPT government and, in particular, the Prime Minister still insists on giving preferential treatment to the architect and his firm. There has been a massive hue and cry over this issue and yet, the DPT government continues to ignore the public sentiments. They need to be questioned on this issue.

    3. Vehicle Quota to Civil Servants: As a politician, I can understand that you may NOT wish to take up this issue for fear that it will not go down well with the civil servants. But someone in this democracy needs to commit one selfless act. I am hoping that you will look beyond politics and take up this issue. The vehicle quota system is a shameful thing that has been going on for decades. Every one agrees that there is so much corruption there. Why isn’t someone bold enough to come out and say enough is enough? Civil servants make tens of thousands while it ultimately benefits the private sector who buys the quota. In the process, millions in duty is lost to the government. Why is it deemed proper that the civil servants should be given preferential treatment while the private sector is given the step-brotherly treatment?

    4. Special Number Plates for MPs: Why are the MPs treated with difference? How are they distinctive from the commoners? Why is there a need to differentiate them with a separate and distinctive vehicle number plate? How come they have assumed to be superior to their voters? Are they to be treated as Dasho’s? Do commoners appoint Dashos?

    There is a need to keep the MPs under control. They are not Dashos or something special – they are supposed to be the servants of the people – they have been appointed to be one. They are getting out of hand. In a recent incident, I am told that the MPs required one civil servant to write a letter of apology – for saying something disagreeable about the MPs.

    Please stop this differentiation. I know of only His Majesty the King using the Government seal on his vehicle .. during those rare times when He rides an open top Jeep at the Changlemithing ground.

    Wish you all the best during the upcoming session.

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