The National Council will be discussing and proposing initiation of the drafting of a RTI legislation. The proposal will be based on a Constitutional provision of fundamental right of Bhutanese to information under sub article 3.
A Bhutanese citizen shall have the right to information.
Quite often RTI is misunderstood and associated with the media alone. This is not true. The freedom of press and media (electronic included) is enshrined separately in the Constitution under sub article 5.
There shall be freedom of the press, radio and television and
other forms of dissemination of information, including
While enactment of a RTI legislation would be a significant legislative development, it would still need a lot of particpants for our to truly benefit from it. However, a greater sense of transparency could always be a good reason to having it rather than not having it. Some may even argue that our society is not ready but transparency is at the heart of good governance and that is crucial for a good democracy.
The National Council will also see discussions on Alcohol, related ills and the need to consider controlling it. It would be premature to guess the outcome of the discussion but a general trend in reports and news is that it may be an issue that is growing in size.
The Council will also be discussing tax waiver on education expenses of children which today stands at a range of nu.5,000-50,000. Cost of education has progressed while the range of the waiver has remained unchanged for sometime now. It is in this light that the discussion would allow reviewing the possibility of revisting and studying it’s relevance in today’s context.
These series of discussions will be followed by others.