Joint Sit­ting en­dorses nine of eleven rec­om­men­da­tions of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee

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The joint sit­ting en­dorsed nine of the 11 rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee af­ter 52 Mem­bers voted ‘Yes’ and three Mem­bers voted ‘No’ while nine ab­stained from vot­ing last Wed­nes­day. There was a to­tal of 64 Mem­bers present dur­ing the vot­ing.

The two rec­om­men­da­tions which were not en­dorsed are re­vi­sion of guide­lines for the Ge­wog De­vel­op­ment Grant and es­tab­lish­ment of sus­tain­able trust fund for dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

The re­main­ing rec­om­men­da­tions which were en­dorsed in­clude al­lo­ca­tion of ad­e­quate time and re­sources to the con­sul­tant for prepa­ra­tion of the De­tailed Project Re­port (DPR) for hy­dropower projects; need to pre­pare the bill of quan­tity in line with the DPR and to re­cover ex­cess pay­ments made to con­trac­tors for us­ing lower spec­i­fied ma­te­ri­als among oth­ers.

The joint sit­ting also en­dorsed all three rec­om­men­da­tions per­tain­ing to im­prove­ment of Pub­lic Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment Sys­tem (PEMS) in­clud­ing as­sign­ing of a fo­cal per­son to han­dle is­sues re­lated to PEMS by other bud­getary agen- cies for im­prove­ment pur­poses. De­lib­er­at­ing on the rec­om­men­da­tions on PEMS, some of the Mem­bers ex­pressed that be­sides the Bank of Bhutan (BoB), other fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions like Bhutan De­vel­op­ment Bank Ltd should also be given the op­por­tu­nity for man­ag­ing gov­ern­ment trans­ac­tions con­sid­er­ing its greater out­reach to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The Fi­nance Min­is­ter clar­i­fied that the BoB was do­ing most of the gov­ern­ment trans­ac­tions mainly be­cause the gov­ern­ment’s con­sol­i­dated fund was main­tained with the BoB. He added that while it may be pos­si­ble to inte- grate the gov­ern­ment’s sys­tem with other banks, it was still un­cer­tain if the ser­vices could func­tion smoothly. Nonethe­less, the house asked the gov­ern­ment to ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties con­sid­er­ing its im­mense ben­e­fit to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive de­lib­er­a­tions on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of sta­tus of res­o­lu­tion of the 7th Ses­sion of the Sec­ond Par­lia­ment on per­for­mance au­dit re­ports, the joint sit­ting en­dorsed the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of en­trust­ing Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sion Sec­re­tariat (NECS) as the fo­cal agency for Green Cli­mate Fund (GCF) and Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity Fund (GEFF). Some of the Mem­bers had how­ever ar­gued that mak­ing the NECS as the fo­cal agency for GCF and GEFF would cre­ate prece­dence for other or­ga­ni­za­tions in the fu­ture for sim­i­lar ac­cess.

Con­clud­ing the de­lib­er­a­tions on the re­port, the Speaker ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Royal Au­dit Author­ity, mem­bers of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee and all other stake­hold­ers and in­di­vid­u­als for their con­tri­bu­tions in mak­ing the par­lia­men­tary deliberation fruit­ful.

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