The National Council Reviews Work Plans and Progress Reports of Committees
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.