Three bills in­tro­duced in the Par­lia­ment

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Three bills were in­tro­duced to the House, the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bill 2014, En­ti­tle­ment & Ser­vice Con­di­tions ( Amend­ment) Bill 2014 for the Hold­ers Mem­bers & Com­mis­sion­ers of the Con­sti­tu­tional Of­fices and the En­ter­prise Reg­is­tra­tion Bill 2014 on Fri­day.

The Chair­per­son of the Good Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee in­tro­duced the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bill. The Bill was re­ceived from the Na­tional Coun­cil and has been re­ferred to the Good Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee for fur­ther re­view.

The Min­is­ter for Fi­nance in­tro­duced the En­ti­tle­ment & Ser­vice Con­di­tions ( Amend­ment) Bills for the Hold­ers, Mem­bers & Com­mis­sion­ers of the Con­sti­tu­tional Of­fices. The Min­is­ter in­formed that the Bill was pro­posed for amend­ment mainly be­cause to ad­dress the is­sue of Mem­bers & Com­mis- sion­ers of the Con­sti­tu­tional Of­fices who com­plete their ten­ure be­fore the nor­mal age of re­tire­ment. Mem­bers ex­pressed their support for the amend­ment but also opined that it was im­por­tant to be mind­ful of the pros and cons of such amend­ment. The Bill has been re­ferred to the Leg­isla­tive Com­mit­tee for re­view.

The Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs pre­sented the En­ter­prise Reg­is­tra­tion Bill to the House. He ex­pressed that the Bill was tabled mainly to es­tab­lish business firms in the coun­try. He in­formed that only 2% of the 42,000 trade li­cense is­sued by the gov­ern­ment was cur­rently cov­ered un­der the Com­pa­nies Act of Bhutan and hence such Act was im­por­tant for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

The mem­bers ex­press­ing their opin­ions

rec­om­mended hav­ing only one Act cov­er­ing pro­vi­sions re­lated to both the com­pa­nies and the en­ter­prise reg­is­tra­tion. It was opined that merg­ing the two Acts to­gether would pre­vent un­nec­es­sary en­act­ment of a new law while ad- dress­ing the is­sues at the same time.

How­ever, the Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs in­formed that sim­i­lar dis­cus­sions en­sued in the min­istry fol­low­ing which as­sess­ment were car­ried out to have only one Act in place cover- ing both com­pa­nies and en­ter­prise reg­is­tra­tion. How­ever, it was tech­ni­cally found out fea­si­ble to have an Act ad­dress­ing both the pro­vi­sions given the dif­fer­ences in na­ture of business and in­vest­ment level be­tween com­pa­nies and en­ter­prises. The Bill has been re­ferred to the Pri­vate sec­tor De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee for re­view.

To­mor­row the house will de­lib­er­ate on the im­plen­ta­tion of the res­o­lu­tions with re­gard to ve­hi­cle quota for civil ser­vants, bud­get al­lo­ca­tions to solve the prob­lem of un­em­ploy­ment in the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get ap­pro­pri­a­tion bill, sub­mis­sion of the amend­ment of the Per­sonal In­come Tax Act 2001 and re­port on the with­drawal of gov­ern­ment pool ve­hi­cles.

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