Parliament declares remaining Thromdes
The joint sitting of Parliament declared Betekha as the Yenlag Thromde of Paro Dzongkhag and Denchi as the Dzongkhag Thromde of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag while Nganglam was declared as the Yenlag Thromde of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag last Thursday.
The voting conducted following the recommendations of the special committee resulted in 66 votes in favour of Betekha as the Yenlag Thromde of Paro Dzongkhag with only one Member abstaining from voting from the total of 67 Members present. Voting on Denchi as the Dzongkhag Thromde of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag, 64 Members voted ‘Yes’ and two Members voted ‘No’ while one Member abstained from voting. Similarly, Nganglam was unanimously declared as the Yenlag Thromde of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag with 67 ‘Yes’ votes. Voting on all three Thromdes secured three fourths of the total Members of Parliament as per section 4 of Article 1 of the Constitution.
Presenting its recommendations, the special committee chaired by the member of National Council from Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag recommended Betekha to be declared as the Yenlag Thromde of Paro Dzongkhag and Denchi and Nganglam to be declared as the Dzongkhag Thromde and Yenlag Thromde of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag respectively. The Chairperson of the special committee underscored that the committee had made above recommendations based on promoting development activities in the Dzongkhags.
Meanwhile, the joint sitting also resolved that the government in consultation with the Paro Dzongkhag Tshogdu should submit the issues pertaining to Paro Dzongkhag Thromde for re-deliberation in the next session. The decision was reached after 54 Members voted ‘Yes’ and eight Members voted ‘No’ while five Members abstained from voting. The total number of required votes for this agenda was two third of the total Members of Parliament present and voting in a joint sitting as per Section 4 of Article 13 of the Constitution.