The National Council developed strategic development plan 2015-2019
The national council of Bhutan has developed the strategic development plan (2015-2019) as a continuation to its organizational development plan 2011-2015 was launched last week in the capital by the Chairperson of the National Council Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga.
According to the strategic development plan 2015-2019 which was published by National Council of Bhutan stated that the organizational development plan was reviewed to frame this strategic plan. It also stated that the plan had provided the national council a strategic direction for the last five years.
The strategic development plan contains strategic objectives and activities that are geared towards achieving the house’s vision.
The strategic objectives includes that it is to be a principal apolitical institution of vibrant democracy that shall promote the wellbeing of the people while safeguarding the security and sovereignty of the kingdom.
The development plan will guide the national council in realizing its mission.
To fulfill the needs and aspirations of the people through review of public policies, legislations, scrutiny of states affairs, and render advice to the Druk Gyalpo, Prime Minister and the National Assembly on matters of national importance.
The strategic activities to build the institutional capacity of the secretariat includes to provide adequate physical space, develop human resource, improve secretarial support services, strengthen research capacity, human and financial resource autonomy, parliamentary training institute, build collaboration with international parliamentary institutions, improve recording and archiving systems and to develop the library resource.
The existing national council hall is small and in a way, the hall cannot accommodate more than a few people interested to attend the deliberations. Moreover, the council do not have press gallery. Beside that it also does not have proper office. According to the strategic development plan 2015-2019, during this strategic plan period, the national council will discuss with the government and explore means to address the problems, including the possibility of construction of a new building for the house.
The secretariat will also discuss with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) to look into the possibility of carrying out direct appointment of with relevant background, particularly in the field of research in different subjects as the existing staffs are youth with a lot of potential but lack experience.
The secretariat recognizes its mandate and the importance of secretarial support to enable the members in fulfilling their constitutional duties, the national council’s vision to fulfill the aspiration of the Bhutanese people. Therefore, the secretariat is committed to improving its support services to the members and it will be a priority to deploy sufficient staff to provide secretarial support services to the members in consultation with the RCSC.
During this plan period, the secretariat will also strengthen its research capacity. Furthermore, the national council will be linked up with national research institutions and colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan to collaborate in research activities.
The council will also reopen discussion with the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister concerning financial autonomy of the two houses since the national council has lack of financial autonomy which hampers its ability to plan activities based on priority benefiting a parliamentary institution’s requirement.
To enhance the skills and experience, the council will also plan the establishment of the parliamentary training institute of Bhutan in consultation and collaboration with the national assembly.
The secretariat will also make conscientious efforts to establish new collaborations with parliamentary institutions with similar systems and settings, and build existing relationship with institutions such as inter parliamentary union and other regional parliamentary bodies.
The secretariat will also seek financial support for the subscription of institutional membership to reputed online resources such as JSTOR.
Meanwhile, at the end of the plan period, the strategic development plan will be reviewed and evaluated and a new plan will be framed based on the evaluation results and new requirements of the house.