NC tables agenda for 27th Session

The legislative issues are to present and deliberate the budget for the financial year 2021-2022 and supplementary budget for the year 2020-2021.

Sangay Rabten

The National Council of Bhutan tabled their agenda before the commencement of 27th National Council Session to media on Tuesday in the press conference.

The NC has about seven Legislative issues, seven joint sittings including opening ceremony, three adoption of Bills, one policy issue, question hour session other necessary issues to be tabled in an ongoing session that commenced on 27 May and ends on 30 June.

The Deputy Chairperson and Spokesperson of the National Council, Jigme Wangchuk, informed the media representatives that in legislative issues- the Agreement between the Government of Bhutan and Green Climate Fund on Privileges and Immunities will be tabled and deliberated.

The Civil Society Organisation Amendment Bill of Bhutan 2021 will also be introduced and deliberated. The Upper House will also propose enactment of Civil Liability Act/Torts Act and present the Goods and Services Tax Amendment Bill of Bhutan and Customs Amendment Bill of Bhutan 2021 among others.

The other Legislative issues are to present and deliberate the Budget for the Financial Year 2021-2022 and Supplementary Budget for the Year 2020-2021.

On policy issue, the report of the State Owned Enterprises by the Natural resources and Environment Committee will be reviewed and deliberated.

Further, the NC will adopt the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan and Green Fund of the Privileges and Immunities of the Green Climate Fund.

The House, among others, will also adopt the Goods and Services Tax Amendment Bill and the Customs Tax Amendment Bill of Bhutan. The Budget for the Financial Year 2021-22 and Supplementary budget for the Financial Year 2020-21 will also be adopted.

An Interim report on suicide and mental health issues in Bhutan will be reviewed and deliberated by the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee of the House.

The Good Governance Committee of the NC will review the report of the farm road and deliberate the issues.  

During the session, National Council and National Assembly of Bhutan will have joint sitting to discuss the performance audit reports on Public Account Committee, Food Self-sufficiency and Security, Housing Development-Adequacy and Affordability and Road maintenance works.

In the joint sittings, the two Houses will table the audit reports on Urban Planning and Development in Thimphu and review Judiciary Systems and Practices.

The disputed clauses between the two Houses on Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020 and Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill of Bhutan 2020 will also be deliberated.

While there will be committee meeting amongst the members, the National Council in its 27th session will conduct question hours session with the Prime Minster and other Ministers.