18th NC session begins 10 November
The 18th session of the National Council ( NC) will start from 10 November and end on 8 December.
The house will start its deliberation with the follow- up on the resolutions of the 17th session that include the recommendation on foreign workers and illegal immigration, the recommendations on annual anti- corruption report, the recommendations on the implementation status of acts passed by Parliament and the recommendations on strategic minerals.
The report on the National Assembly’s ( NA) acceptance of NC’s budget recommendations will be deliberated following the resolution of the 17th session.
The house will also take issues received from Dzongkhag Tshogdu. The Deputy Chairperson, Tshering Dorji, at a press conference said that henceforth any issue to be tabled either by NC or NA had to be reflected specifically in the request sent from Dzongkhag Tshogdu.
The house will also deliberate on a series of policy issues that the house committees have been working on since the last session. “The committees have done all the research work and it is ready to be presented to the house,” the deputy chairperson said.
Foreign Relations Committee has been reviewing the Civil Aviation Bill of Bhutan 2015 to present it to the house during its winter session.
The Legislative Committee has been tasked with Customs Bill of Bhutan 2015 and the review of international agreement report on the Motor Vehicle Agreement of the Passengers, Cargo and Vehicular Agreement between the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal ( BBIN).
The Special Committee was directed to meet with the members concerned to work on the recommendations provided and present a report to the house on the policy issues related to education.
The house will also deliberate on issues related to agriculture presented by Natural Resources Environment Committee and on the performance audit report on Gewog Development Grant and public procurement system presented by the Good Governance Committee.
Besides, the Social and Culture Affairs Committee will present the social issues such as teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The committee will also deliberate on cultural issues including architectural design, local dialects and performing arts.
“It also deserves the evening session since it will have very strong deliberations to be reviewed,” Deputy Chair Tshering Dorji said, adding that the session will have many important issues to deliberate.
The committees of the National Council have conducted 134 meetings with the stakeholders and agencies to review various issues. Tshering Dorji said the meetings had been conducted in fulfilling the mandates of the National Council.