Three bills introduced in the Parliament
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.