His Majesty graces inaugural session of the parliament

His Majesty The King graced the opening ceremony of the 7th Session of the Third Parliament on 2 June

The National Assembly Speaker expressed deep gratitude to His Majesty for gracing the event.

SONAM PENJOR

Thimphu

His Majesty The King, graced the opening ceremony of the Seventh Session of the Third Parliament on 2nd June.The ceremony was also graced by Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck and His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck.

The National Assembly (NA) Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel in his opening address expressed deep gratitude to His Majesty the King for gracing the event.

The Speaker on behalf of the parliament and the people also expressed gratitude for the various selfless services of His Majesty the King for the country and the people.

The speaker also thanked His Majesty for travelling tirelessly across the country disregarding his personal safety and health in combating Covid-19. “The people are so grateful for the King’s benevolence and hold it dear to their heart. The parliament, on behalf of the people, would like to thank His Majesty the King for his care and concern,” he said.

Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said the nation felt His Majesty deep concern for meaningful engagement and welfare of the youth which has led to the establishment of De-suung Programme.

He said the nation is also aware of the hard work and selfless service of the Dessups to the nation.

With deep concern for the Dessups in particular and the youth of Bhutan in general, the speaker said that His Majesty has launched massive De-suung skilling and re-skilling programs across the country to provide gainful employment.

“His Majesty has personally visited all the skilling program centres to ensure effectiveness and advised the youth to make the best use of the precious time in the centres and to work towards earning a decent livelihood to serve the nation,” he said.

The speaker reiterated that the golden words of advice from His Majesty have been very reassuring and inspirational in building self-confidence among the citizens.

Furthermore, he said the institution of the Gyalsung National Service by His Majesty the King has been of higher order dedicated to nurturing the young people.

“It is meant to give proper guidance, instill self-discipline and provide professional skills required to succeed in the 21st century and to contribute meaningfully to nation-building. Despite the hurdles presented by the global pandemic, the project has been progressing as desired,” the speaker reiterated.

Expressing gratitude to His Majesty the King, the speaker further said that this selfless act for the well-being of the country and the people by His Majesty extends beyond Bhutan and across the globe.

Apart from granting numerous support and welfare to the people of Bhutan, the speaker said that His Majesty has continued to grant citizenship. This year, citizenships were granted to 308 people enabling the citizens to live an honourable and dignified life.

The speaker expressed his gratitude to His Majesty for commanding the government to set up Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service regional offices.

“It is going to be very beneficial for people, especially during medical emergencies, and create scope for enhancing communication connectivity in the future,” he said.

Even though the COVID-19 restriction around the world has been relaxed, about half the population around the world didn’t get the opportunity to avail vaccination to shield against COVID-19. Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said Bhutan’s story is quite different.

He said with the gracious intervention of His Majesty, all citizens from young to old have had the opportunity to avail a minimum of three rounds of COVID-19 vaccination.

Tshogpon Wangchuk Namgyel also thanked the monastic body led by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and other religious masters who have been performing numerous prayers and religious activities for the prevention and the protection against the global pandemic.

The speaker also expressed gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen, Her Majesty the Queen Mothers, and the Members of the Royal Family for standing close behind and looking after the welfare of His Majesty The King and also for taking utmost care of Their Royal Princes, and for grating welfare support to the communities.

Meanwhile, the speaker also highlighted the agenda for the session. The National Assembly in this session will deliberate on the Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2022-2023; Third Reading of the Forest and Nature Conservation Bill of Bhutan 2021, and the Fiscal Incentives (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022;

In addition, the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022; Tourism Levy (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2022; United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (TIP Protocol) will also be tabled.

The house will also deliberate on three follow-up reports on the implementation status of the resolutions of the sixth session which includes the re-deliberation on the Biodiversity Bill of Bhutan 2021; and the re-deliberation on the Royal Bhutan Police (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021.

Further, the joint sitting of the parliament will deliberate on the Royal Audit Authority’s Annual Audit Report 2021; two performance audit reports, and follow-up report on the Implementation Status of the resolutions

In addition the Disputed Bills between the two Houses which includesthe Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021; the Civil Society Organizations (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2021; and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) (Amendment) will also be deliberated.