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