18th NC ses­sion be­gins 10 Novem­ber

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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.

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