NC to deliberate and adopt important Bills and International Conventions

The 29th Session of the National Council of Bhutan will commence from 2 June

SANGAY RABTEN

Thimphu

The National Council will deliberate and adopt some important Bills and International Conventions during the upcoming summer session.

The 29th Session of the National Council of Bhutan will commence from 2 June.

The House will deliberate and adopt The Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021, The Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan and The Civil Liability Bill/Tort Bill.

The Council will also deliberate and adopt International Conventions on The Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance.

The chairperson of Good Governance Committee who is the NC member of Bumthang, Nima said that the Committee held consultative meetings with the stakeholders to share views and experiences on the adequacy of Prosecutors under the Prosecution and Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

The Committee also discussed issues concerning the prosecution of cases below petty misdemeanor by RBP, turnaround time for prosecution, deployment of civil servants in the RBP, and importance of optimal utilization of civil servants in all the agencies.  

However, the MP said that the Committee do not know what could be the outcome from the Joint Sitting.

The MP of Gasa, who is the chairperson of Natural Resources and Environment Committee, Dorji Khandu said The Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan, 2021 provides a brief background, focusing on the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and explains why the Biodiversity Act of 2003 and section 73 of the National Environment Protection Act of 2007 were repealed.

In addition, the National Council will deliberate and adopt Money Bills; The Annual Budget Five Year (FY) 2022-2023 and Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill of Bhutan for the FY 2021-2022.

The Tourism Levy Exemption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022, The Fiscal Incentives (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022, The Concession of Property Tax Bill of Bhutan 2022, and The Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022 will also be tabled.

In the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, Annual Audit Report 2021-2021, Performance Audit Report of Operations of Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited, The Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021, The Civil Society Organisation (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021 and UN Convention Against Corruption will be discussed.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee for United Nations Convention Against Corruption, (UNCAC) Chairperson, Ugyen Tshering who is the MP of Paro said the Bill’s reservation of Article 66(2) will be discussed. The revocation of the reservation by the National Assembly was rejected by the National Council.

Article 66(2) of the UNCAC states that any dispute between two or more State Parties on the interpretation or application of the convention that cannot be settled through negotiations within a reasonable time may be referred to the International Court of Justice.

The Joint Sitting is expected to take place on 30 June.

Further, question and answer sessions will relevant ministers will also be conducted to clarify certain issues identified by the House and present the follow-up reports on the Resolution of the 28th Session.

The National Council shared the agenda of the session during the press conference on 27 May.

The Session of National Council will conclude on 4 July.