With lim­ited re­sources, govern­ment is pre­pared for all Thromdes

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Dur­ing the ques­tion and answer ses­sion in the 17th ses­sion of the Na­tional Coun­cil last Thurs­day, Na­tional Coun­cil Mem­ber from Trongsa Tharchin ques­tioned Min­is­ter for Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment about the mo­bi­liz­ing the funds and other pro­fes­sional for the de­vel­op­ing the 20 Dzongkhag Thromdes and 16 Yen­lag Thromdes.

Af­ter ex­plain­ing the back­ground in­forma- tion on the 20 Dzongkhag Thromdes and 16 Yen­lag Thromdes by the Par­lia­ment, Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den, Min­istry of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment re­sponded to ques­tions.

Ly­onpo re­sponded that ques­tion on the pre­pared­ness of the Govern­ment to fi­nance and pro­vide pro­fes­sional man­power to be­gin work on ur­ban plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment in all Thromdes, the Min­is­ter said the min­istry with its’ lim­ited re­sources and with the sup­port from the World Bank, Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank and the Govern­ment of In­dia were able to pro­vide road, wa­ter sup­ply and lo­cal area plans to the Thromdes.

Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said that an es­ti­mated Nu.30 Mil­lion was al­lo­cated to plan, map and de­sign the re­main­ing 10 Yen­lag Thromdes.

With re­gards to the pro­fes­sional man­power, Ly­onpo said that the Min­istry has re­quested to the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for an ad- di­tional 150 staff.

Ly­onpo also added that the govern­ment has con­sid­ered pro­tect­ing agri­cul­tural lands fall­ing within ur­ban ar­eas. Fur­ther­more on the sup­ple­men­tary ques­tions, she clar­i­fied on issues re­lated to satel­lite Thromde, buf­fer zone and lo­cal area plans.

De­lib­er­at­ing on the Na­tional Bud­get for the Fi­nan­cial Year 2016-17, the House unan­i­mously adopted the Sup­ple­men­tary Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill for the fi­nan­cial year 2015-16 with 21 votes.

While de­lib­er­at­ing on the sec­tor al­lo­ca­tion for FY 2016-17, the mem­bers sug­gested their views on agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and health sec­tors.

The House con­tin­ued to de­lib­er­ate on Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill for the fi­nan­cial year 2016-17 and Re­vised Taxes and Le­vies Bill of Bhutan 2016 fol­lowed by a ques­tion and answer ses­sion with the Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­sources last Fri­day.

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