The National Council today deferred its morning QT in the afternoon. Before deferring, the Chairman informed the House that the QT would go ahead after arrival of the Minister. The decision to defer QT until in the afternoon was then made on convening before breaking into another early recess.
After the morning tea recess, the House re-convened and carried on with its business as set out in its agenda. The Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council presented its report on the Economic Development Policy 2010 released by the Government quite recently. The Committee’s report summarizes in 10 sections with a few subsections and a recommendation list containing 12 points specifically.
The 5th session of the National Council has already received 3 Ministers (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Labour and Employment and Ministry of Works and Human Settlement) during the past week.
At 3 in the afternoon, the House re-convened as per decision in the morning on QT. The letter from the Speaker of the Parliament (also of the National Assembly) and following communications between the Chairperson and the Speaker were read out to the House. The Speaker’s letter concurred with the need and importance of Ministers presenting and introducing Bills in the National Council too. It however stated that the Ministers had to stay present during session in the National Assembly and therefore, appearing before the Council for QT could undermine the National Assembly (this is purely a deduced sentence since the original communication was in Dzongkha). The House then decided to break for recess until the next day.