His Majesty The King graces 7th session of second Parliament
H is Majesty the King graced the opening session of seventh session of the second Parliament last Thursday.
During the opening session of the session, National Assembly Speaker, on behalf of Member of Parliament, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo expressed his deep gratitude to His Majesty for gracing the Opening Ceremony of the Seventh Session of the Second Parliament.
The speaker also welcome Members of the Royal Family, representatives from the monastic body, senior Government officials, Armed Force personnel, diplomats and the public to the ceremony.
The speaker said that as everyone is aware, this year is indeed an extraordinary and a historic one for Bhutan and the Bhutanese people. As the saying goes, “Heaven holds the trinity of the sun, moon and the stars while earth holds the trinity of the King, Ministers and the People.” Today in Bhutan, there is peace in the country with great unity among the people, government and the gracious presence of Their Majesties. Moreover,
Tshogpon submit that it is truly unprecedented in the history of Bhutan to witness and serve under the dynamic leadership of His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck in a single period. The Bhutanese people cannot be more prosperous than today.
The speaker remarked that it is remarkable to witness Her Majesty the Grandmother Kezang Choedon Wangchuck, Her Majesty Queen Mothers Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Tshering Pem Wangchuck, Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck and Sangay Choden Wangchuck, and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck for having carried out royal aspirations of His Majesty under their patronage for the welfare of the Country and the people which remain an extraordinary symbols.
He added that under the wise and visionary leadership of His Majesty the King, the people of Bhutan commemorated the 60th Birth Anniversary of our Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Secondly, it was also a year of the Birth Year of the Second Buddha Guru Rinpoche. Thirdly, it was a year to mark the arrival of 400 years of the Spiritual Leader, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the country as prophesized by the great masters and divine beings.
Expressing his gratitude on behalf of the Parliament the speaker expressed deepest gratitude to Your Majesties for blessing the country and the people with the Royal Heir- who is the symbol of perpetuity of the Wangchuck dynasty, everlasting peace and sovereignty,
unity and prosperity of the country for all times.
The speaker thanked His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the Five Lopens, the Government, Dzongkhags and the people of 205 Gewogs have conducted prayers for the safe birth of the Gyalsey. Moreover, several prayers were held throughout the length and breadth of the country. A grand naming celebration of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey at Punakha, special prayers at Kuensel Phodrang in Thimphu and Takila in Lhuentse were the hall mark of the celebrations offered for the long life of HRH The Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. The Parliament would like to extend appreciation and gratitude for carrying out these noble initiatives.
The Prime Minister and his able team have completed the 11th FYP Mid-Term Review. It is happy to know that the progress achieved is remarkable because of efficient and effective support from the central ministries, agencies and Local Government. The Parliament would like to extend appreciation to all implementing agencies for their hard work.
Expressing his deepest gratitude to His Majesty The King for granting the Members of the Parliament the opportunity to attend two-weeklong leadership training at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS). The speaker said. “I am confident that the Members of Parliament would make good use of the skills and experiences gained from the training”.
Meanwhile, the following agendas will be discussed in the Joint Sitting of the Parliament which includes Jabmi (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2014, Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015, European Investment Bank (EIB) Agreement, Performance Audit Report and deliberation on the Review of Dzongkhag Thromde delimitation for Paro.
And the house will discuss Bills and Conventions such as Customs Bill of Bhutan 2015, Civil Aviation Bill of Bhutan 2015, and Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal and Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The Prime Minister will present the Annual Report on the State of the Nation including Legislative Plans and Annual Plans and Priorities of the Government, and the House will also deliberate on Annual Budget Report for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017, Annual ACC Report and the Committee Reports. Besides that, the house will also discuss the issues raised from the local government.