De­lib­er­a­tion de­ferred on the pro­posal for dec­la­ra­tion of Thromdes

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The joint sit­ting of Par­lia­ment con­tin­ued its de­lib­er­a­tion on the pro­posal for dec­la­ra­tion of Thromdes last Fri­day. . The joint sit­ting so far en­dorsed Dzongkhag Thromdes of Bumthang, Chukha, Da­gana, Gasa, Haa, Lhuentse, Pu­nakha, Samtse, Thim­phu, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Trongsa, Tsir­ang, Wang­duepho­drang and Zhem­gang.

De­lib­er­at­ing on the pro­posal for dec­la­ra­tion of Sam­drupjongkhar Dzongkhag Thromde, some mem­bers sub­mit­ted that the pro­posed Dzongkhag Thromde was in con­tra­ven­tion to the Elec­tion Act which states that the De­lim­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion shall read­just ter­ri­to­rial con­stituen­cies af­ter ev­ery ten years. The Sam­drupjongkhar Dzongkhag Thromde was de­clared in 2010 but as per the pro­posal, the Dzongkhag Thromde in­cludes new ar­eas of Garpawang and Matanga. Nev­er­the­less, de­ci­sion was not reached on Sam­drupjongkhar Dzongkhag Thromde to­day.

The rec­om­men­da­tion by some Mem­bers for merger of Tingt­ingbi town with Zhem­gang Dzongkhag Thromde was de­lib­er­ated at length. Most Mem­bers sup­ported the rec­om­men­da­tion, how­ever, the rec­om­men­da­tion failed to se­cure three fourth ma­jor­ity af­ter 52 Mem­bers voted ‘Yes’ and seven Mem­bers voted ‘No’ while five Mem­bers ab­stained. A to­tal of 54 votes were re­quired to se­cure ma­jor­ity of three fourth.

The de­lib­er­a­tions were also ex­ten­sively held on whether or not the air­port area in Gele­phug should be in­cluded in the Gele­phug Thromde as pro­posed by the Min­istry of Works & Hu­man Set­tle­ment. How­ever, no de­ci­sion was reached on this af­ter the joint sit­ting re­solved to post­pone the de­lib­er­a­tions. De­ci­sions were also not reached on Dzongkhag Thromdes of Paro, Mon­gar, Pema­gat­shel, Sarpang and Sam­drupjongkhar.

Fur­ther­more, it was re­solved that the speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil would de­cide on an ap­pro­pri­ate date to con­tinue de­lib­er­a­tion on the pro­posal for dec­la­ra­tion of Thromdes sub­ject to Royal as­sent.

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