Question Hour questions

Responding to the agenda for the National Assembly’s sixth session, one reader, “sonam_t”, asked if there were any plans to discuss a “Right to Information Act”. “Truth”, another reader, asked if when Parliament would “… introduce Landlord Tenant act, which actually protects tenants.”

Both the comments are important. And, since both of them will not be discussed during the sixth session, I might raise them during Question Hour.

The Question Hour, which takes place every Tuesday and Friday, is an important mechanism in the National Assembly by which members can question every aspect of government administration and policy.

So if you have issues that you’d like to see raised during question hour, please post them here. Or, if you prefer, you can email them to me directly.

 

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  1. mediawatch says:

    There are a few issues I personally feel are important that the Parliament needs to deliberate on.

    1. BBS’s status: I think it is high time that the Parliament passes a clear cut legislation on BBS. Preferably BBS should have a public service remit, without any controls from the government. As the government funds the BBS, there is always room for manipulation, control – direct or indirect, especially so in a political situation. The legislation should also provisions on how the MD and board of directors should be selected. Right now the MD to BBS is a government appointee and without specific rules on black and white – there are possibilities that editorial independence of BBS can be compromised.

    2. Sustainability dilemma of private media: most of the newspapers in Bhutan are financially weak. They are barely surviving. If media play an instrumental role in a democracy, promoting democratic values, providing platforms and public space for democratic discourse, and promoting a democratic culture, way of life and thinking – the government needs to help the private media grow. when the private media are weak there is ever possibility that it can be used and abused by influential political bigwigs and business giants for their own vested interest.

    There is fear that private newspapers – having controlled by few people – already are heading into situation where they would have certain political inclinations and biases. For example, BToday and The Journalist have a pro-DPT guy running the show. While in BT and DRuk Nyetshul, the MDs are former PDP candidates. BBusiness is run by people who got the money.

    we talk about media and democracy blah blah blah. But look at the ground reality – the media will never be able to be watchdog if it cannot stand on its own feet first. sadly, for now its a poodle!

    3. GNH should come home: I am glad the PM has taken GNH to the world. it’s a USP that we boast of and we are hogging in international limelight. Good. But do our people understand GNH – the educated, the literate, the monks, the villagers. Our PM should rather tour through the country talking about GNH. It makes no sense when people of the country that introduced GNH do not understand what it means.

    4. LG elections: what is happening is happening at a snail speed. it’s half way through our democratic experiment, yet, the local governments are not in place. there was tussle between the government and the ECB and whatever… But things should move on fast. who is to be blamed for this?

  2. I am definetly support the need to revise the salary of civil servants but it is of nomuse unless the soaring rents and commodities is left for the market force to take its stroll. There is nothing a SALARIED employees get at the end of the pay revisions. The real and direct beneficiary is landlords and direct tax payers are the salaried groups. Pay revisions in one way is reaping or making the rich reacher esp those owning buildings (landlorders). The ultimate sufferers are as i said salaried persons to whom the eyes are transfixed for house owners’ advantages.
    i wonder if at all there is pay revision, the house rents or certain commodities should be discussed at length.

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