Sixth session

The 6th session of the Parliament is scheduled to begin on the 19th of November. During this session, which will go on till the 10th of December, the National Assembly will consider the following bills:

  1. Child Care and Protection Bill
  2. Penal Code (Amendment) Bill
  3. Anticorruption (Amendment) Bill
  4. Civil and Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill
  5. Sales Tax, Customs and Excise (Amendment) Bill
  6. Public Finance (Amendment) Bill
  7. Land Act (Amendment) Bill
  8. Election (Amendment) Bill

The government will submit reports on actions taken on the following resolutions of the National Assembly:

  1. Pay revision
  2. Zhaptog lemi
  3. Constituency development grant
  4. National minimum wage rage

The Assembly will ratify the SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services.

The Women and Children Committee of the National Assembly will submit their report.

And the National Assembly will consider a petition from the public of Paro to formulate stringent rules for drayangs and discotheques, and to review their licensing procedures.

I would like to encourage discussions on this blog on as many of these agenda items as possible. But the discussion papers for the 6th Session are yet to be distributed. So I do not know what will be discussed on most of these issues.

I’ll post information on these agenda items as and when they become available. In the meantime, please share your overall views on the items that will be discussed during the 6th Session.

 

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  1. Sales Tax, Customs and Excise Bill can not be deliberated in the house until the final verdict by the Supreme Court is passed regarding the illegal and unilateral revision of tax by the DPT government.But then if the verdict says it is unconstitutional, the DPT government must be dissolved and so there is no point deliberating it anyways. Keep that for the new government!!

  2. When are they going to introduce Landlord Tenant act, which actually protects tenants. Why are MPs so hesitant to introduce such bills, is it because majority of them are landlords.
    Come on MPs, one of you man up and introduce a private member’s bill, if the rest are not doing it.

  3. Wishful thinking Tangba! It would be better for you to prepare your party for the next election rather than hoping for something so unrealistic!

  4. Today, Thursday 11th November is a special day for every Bhutanese. On this day our beloved the 4th Druk Gyalpo was born and equally significant, his gift to the people and the country – the constitution of the kingdom of Bhutan was officially adopted on this day.

    On this day as I go through the list of the bills put forth in the coming session I wonder if we are deliberately trying to denigrate the most important bill as if we have something to hide. There are many controversies cropping up around the domain of “Fundamental Rights,” be it the right to freedom of speech, opinion and expression or the right to freedom of thought and conscience or the freedom of press, radio, television and other forms (offline and online) of dissemination of information.

    Although fundamental rights of a Bhutanese citizen are explicitly enshrined in our constitution under article 7, the controversies do crop up in absence of a proper mechanism or a process to enact what is broadly enshrined in the constitution. In this case the process or the machinery is the “Right to Information Act.”

    Any news to discuss this important bill any time soon, la?

    Sorry if my comment is bit off-limit under this post, la.

  5. I would like to join ‘Truth’and ask the same question.The tenants are at the mercy of the house owners at present.

  6. @lamakheno: Looks like you have never read our Constitution at all.

    Article 15.11
    A political party shall be dissolved only by declaration of the Supreme Court:
    (a) If the objectives or activities of the party are in contravention of the provisions of this Constitution;
    (b) If it has received money or assistance from foreign sources;
    (c) On such other grounds as may be prescribed by Parliament or under a law in force; or
    (d) On violation of the Electoral Laws.

    You may be a DPT loyalist but I am not a PDP fanatic. So let’s keep aside our prejudices and see what our SUPREME LAW states.If the Supreme Court says that the unilateral revision of the taxes by the DPT government was “un-constitutional”, then according to article 15.11(a) the DPT party must be dissolved.If the Supreme Court says it was “constitutional”, that’s it. The DPT government will prevail. The Opposition can be sued for defamation of the government for political self-interests.

    You see, the main reason why so many people are criticising this DPT government is not because they are completely bad but because they do not listen to others at all.

    Cheers.

  7. How about the Financial Services Bill?I believe the bill is a thrash,nonetheless it is going to have a huge implication on our financial system.

  8. 1.Pay revision: What about the house rent allowance (between 15 to 25% for civil servants rather the pay revision? I am sure by providing this allowance it will bring homogeneity in the system and this will also benefit the government.

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