His Majesty graces closing of 6th session of parliament
T he sixth session of the second parliament concluded last Wednesday, which was graced by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo.
During the closing ceremony, on behalf of the Parliament of Bhutan, Speaker Jigme Zangpo expressed his deep gratitude to His Majesty’s precious presence on the occasion signifying Royal support to Parliament.
As the nation celebrated the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on 11th November 2015, the Speaker said that the occasion has provided the people with an opportunity to receive audience from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Besides that, Speaker also added that His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo addressed the nation paying tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the Dharma King. Furthermore, in the spirit of perpetuity of the Wangchuck dynasty, Speaker said that the Royal announcement on the expected birth of the Royal heir means continued peace and happiness in the country and our country will be further strengthened and witness era of unprecedented development for all.
The speaker said that during the 6th session, the joint sitting of Parliament declared the Dzongkhag Thromde and a Yenlag Thromde for Pemagatshel Dzongkhag and a Yenlag Thromde for Paro Dzonkhag.
As per the declaration of Parliament, it is now imperative for the government to immediately work towards establishing the Thromdes in accordance to the rule of law and this will greatly help strengthen the local government and enable balanced regional and socio-economic development, said the Speaker.
The Public Account Committee after comprehensively reviewed the Annual Audit Report for the year 2014 presented its recommendation to the Parliament, the Speaker said that the Parliament had extensive deliberation on the recommendations and passed resolutions for its implementation and it is imperative for the various government ministries, department and agencies to accordingly work as per the resolution.
Similarly, the Social and Cultural Committee, Women, Children and Youth Committee, Human Rights Committee and the Finance committee had presented reports on the implementation status of the resolutions of the house, the Speaker said that it is important for the relevant ministries, departments and agencies to render corporation as these report have been deliberated by the House.
The speaker informed to the gathering that the UN Convention against corruption has been ratified by both the Houses and has been submitted to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo for the Royal assent.
Although the national assembly had re-deliberated extensively on the Jabmi Amendment Bill, Companies Bill and the Framework agreement with the European Investment Bank however a clear consensus could not be reached on some of the sections in these three agendas, the Speaker said that submission has been made to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo to deliberate in the joint sitting.
The speaker also added that the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation which was deliberated in the 5th session has been granted Royal assent by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo.
Recently the Member of the National Assembly visited the Punatshangchhu Hydroelectric project I & II, the speaker said that during their visit , the members learned from the Managing Director and other official that both the project were progressing well despite the challenges and risk at the project sites. It was learned that the Punatshangchhu hydroelectric project-I is estimated to cost Nu. 93.75 billion, out of that Nu. 58.35 billion has been spent so far and it is expected to be completed by July 2019. For Punatshangchhu hydroelectric project- II, the speaker said that the cost has been estimated to cost Nu. 74.29 billion and Nu. 31.69 billion has been spent till date and it is expected to be completed by September 2018.
Meanwhile, the Member of National Assembly also visited the Wangduephodrang Dzong reconstruction site on 1st December. The Speaker said that as per the project report, His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo has commanded the Dzong to be built better than before and has granted Nu.230 million for the reconstruction.
Moreover His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo has commanded that the Kuenrey of the Dzong should be completed before the Zhabdrung Kuchoe in the 3rd month of Bhutanese calendar next year. The works to this effect has been progressing well, said the Speaker.
The Prime Minister on behalf of the government moved the motion of thanks to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. Similarly, representing the National Council, the Member of National Council from Chukha Dzongkhag and the Member from North Thimphu constituency representing the opposition party also expressed their gratitude for the royal initiatives undertaken by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo for the benefit of the country and the people
The closing ceremony was attended by the members of the Royal Family, foreign dignitaries and the senior government officials.
9 December 2015: His Majesty The King graced the closing ceremony of the 6th session of the second parliament.