Parliament concludes it’ s fourth session

His Majesty graced the concluding ceremony of the 4th session of the Parliament. Members from the affected districts expressed gratitude on behalf of the people to His Majesty. Appreciation was also expressed for the Government’s efforts. Others included the International Communtiy, friends of Bhutan and the ordinary Bhutanese who came forward with what ever little help they could offer for the cause.

On this day of the conclusion of the 4th session I was thinking that we now only have 6 more sessions under normal circumstances and to think how much we could really do from now till then considering that we have been caught up several times in mannerisms and interpretations of business. However, I suppose this was expected as the first ones, to be able to spent time in making sure these be clearer. I am quite certain we will still engage more time in clarifying similar issues but vital to it is also to carry alongside legislations. Perhaps if one were to assess the performance of the legislature in terms of Laws and amendments or reviews, we have a long way to go but maybe, in clarifying procedural aspects, legislative business would become more effective and efficient in the times to come.

The National Council resolved during the 4th sesssion (an outcome of the Paro Declaration of the Council) to aim to achive atleast two review works each session by a committee; this would mean 10 topics for deliberation in the House in addition to possibly other issues that may require attention.

Here’s to a benchmarked and systemic approach towards legislating; a first one for us.


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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