His Majesty graces clos­ing of 6th ses­sion of par­lia­ment

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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.

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