The Na­tional Coun­cil Re­views Work Plans and Progress Re­ports of Com­mit­tees

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The Na­tional Coun­cil’s prepa­ra­tions for the 16th ses­sion which will com­mence in Novem­ber are in full swing. In or­der to re­view prepara­tory ac­tiv­i­ties such as work plans and progress re­ports of dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees, it con­vened its 29th ple­nary meet­ing on 29th June at the Na­tional Coun­cil con­fer­ence hall. The Chair­per­son has as­signed dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees with Bills and Pol­icy Re­view tasks dur­ing the con­clu­sion of the 15th ses­sion on 15th June and asked Com­mit­tees to meet, plan and strate­gize for the next ses­sion and re­port to the 29th ple­nary meet­ing.

The Chair­per­sons of dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees not only re­ported their work plans but also sought the House’s guid­ance on some of the is­sues they are work­ing on. Work plans in­cluded de­tails of con­sul­ta­tions with stake­hold­ers, pre­sen­ta­tions from con­cerned min­istries and agen­cies as well as re­view of rel­e­vant laws, reg­u­la­tions and literature. The fi­nal­ized work plans of each com­mit­tees would be com­piled by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and made avail­able to all mem­bers. The com­piled plans would con­sti­tute the cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties for the Na­tional Coun­cil for the next few months.

The ple­nary meet­ing also asked the Com­mit­tees to dis­cuss whether they would be able to take on ad­di­tional re­view works based on is­sues iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties for Na­tional Coun­cil dur­ing the in-house strate­giz­ing work­shop held last year. The Chair­per­son asked mem­bers to con­sider the shorter time-frame of the win­ter ses­sion while de­ter­min­ing in­clu­sion of new agenda items.

The Chair­per­son asked Com­mit­tee Chair­per­sons to guide Com­mit­tees’ works for the next one month. An in­terim progress re­port must be sub­mit­ted to the 30th ple­nary meet­ing sched­uled for 31st July. That meet­ing will re­view each progress re­port and pro­vide fur­ther guid­ance or in­sights. There­after the Com­mit­tees would work for another month and sub­mit fi­nal drafts of their work progress dur­ing the 31st ple­nary at the end of Au­gust. As mem­bers visit their con­stituen­cies in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, they would seek peo­ple’s in­put into the draft re­ports, and also brief them about res­o­lu­tions of the 15th ses­sion.

The 16th Ses­sion will de­lib­er­ate on three Bills and three In­ter­na­tional Agree­ments re­ceived from the Na­tional Assem­bly and five ma­jor pol­icy is­sues as well as con­stituency spe­cific is­sues orig­i­nat­ing from the Na­tional Coun­cil.

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