The Na­tional Coun­cil de­vel­oped strate­gic de­vel­op­ment plan 2015-2019

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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.

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