One for Democracy

At around 0930 hrs today, the National Council began it’s proceedings and admitted the Hon. Minister for Labour and Human Resources for Question Time. In his reply, he mentioned cognizance of the tremendous worry and hence, concern of the Government on the issue of unemployment. Outlining the Government’s plans, he mentioned that the Government planned on reducing the unemployment rate of 4% to 2.5% by the end of the 10th FYP.

The Hon. Minister for Finance was later admitted for questions related to balance of payment and long term sustainability with emphasis on current standing on the donor dependence for capital works and also issue regarding more specifically liberazation of trading license and imposition of tax on small businesses.

Both the Ministers made references to policies and programmes to enhance and expedite economic development. They also made reference to work being done by the Mckinsey group in the country.

What perhaps one needs to understand is that today, an institutional system has been carved. The 4th session of the 1st Parliament has successfully been able to bring in a Good Governance mechanism in the form of Question time in it’s Parliamentary workings. The significance of the institution of Question Time, far out weighs the content of the questions and replies to that, which will no doubt progressively mean much more in the future.

One for Democracy!


About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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