Joint sit­ting of Par­lia­ment en­dorsed Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Mem­ber En­ti­tle­ment Bill of Bhutan 2014

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Dur­ing the joint sit­ting of Na­tional As­sem­bly and the Na­tional Coun­cil, the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Mem­bers En­ti­tle­ment Bill of Bhutan 2014 was en­dorsed with 66 mem­bers voted ‘yes’ but it has to go through with the pro­vi­sion of the con­sti­tu­tion of King­dom of Bhutan.

The joint com­mit­tee chair­man and the Chumed - Ura con­stituency rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tshe­wang Jurmi said that the com­mit­tee had seen that the im­por­tance of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment mem­bers in the coun­try. In or­der to pre­vent cor­rup­tion, to be re­spon­si­ble, to make trans­parency and to be accountable and also to de­liver the ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ser­vices to the com­mu­nity the bill for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment was in­tro­duced.

Tshe­wang Jurmi said that the joint com­mit­tee for LG mem­ber’s en­ti­tle­ment bill pre­sented the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion on five clauses on which con­sen­sus could not be reached be­tween the two Houses. The chair­per­son in­formed that the rec­om­men­da­tions lit­er­ally carry the views of both the Houses as well as that of the gov­ern­ment.

The bills states that a mem­ber shall be en­ti­tled to a monthly salary as determined by the Gov­ern­ment in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sion of the con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of Bhutan.

Ac­cord­ing to the bill en­dorsed on last Tues­day, a mem­ber of the LG shall be en­ti­tled to a mo­bile phone voucher al­lowance and var­i­ous cat­e­gories of paid leave such as ca­sual leave, earned leave, ma­ter­nity leave, pa­ter­nity leave and med­i­cal leave. While, the leave en­ti­tle­ments as ad­mis­si­ble un­der sec­tion 17 of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment mem­ber’s en­ti­tle­ment bill of Bhutan 2014 shall be stip­u­lated in the rules.

In re­sponse to this, the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Lyon- po Nam­gay Dorji said that although there will be ad­di­tional cost of Nu. 20mn for the gov­ern­ment yearly and the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tion would be in­curred by the en­dors­ing of the bill, but still the gov­ern­ment sup­ported the bill con­sid­er­ing the im­por­tance of the LG and the pol­icy of de­vo­lu­tion of power.

The joint sit­ting of Par­lia­ment passed the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Mem­bers En­ti­tle­ment Bill of Bhutan 2014. Out of 67 mem­bers present, 66 mem­bers voted in fa­vor of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Mem­bers En­ti­tle­ment Bill of Bhutan 2014 to be passed while one ab­stained from vot­ing. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment mem­ber in­cludes elected mem­bers such as Thrompon, Thromde Thuemis, Gups, Mangmi and Tshogpa.

While, ac­cord­ing to the joint com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tion in the sec­tion 19 of the LG Mem­bers En­ti­tle­ment Bill of 2014 rec­om­mended that a mem­ber on leave may be called for duty by the ap­pro­pri­ate author­ity ac­cord­ing to the ex­i­gen­cies of ser­vices.

Mean­while, as per the sec­tion 11 of ar­ti­cle 13 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan, upon de­lib­er­a­tion and pass­ing of the Bill in a joint sit­ting, the bill shall be sub­mit­ted to the Druk Gyalpo for As­sent thereto, where­upon As­sent shall be granted to the Bill.

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