1st parliament completes half it’s term

The concluding ceremony of the 5th session of parliament was graced by the Druk Gyalpo. 3 members submitted Ka drin Ga tsor on behalf of the parliament, followed by a high tea in the courtyard and a photograph session with the Druk Gyalpo. The conclusion of the 5th session of parliament marks the completion of half it’s term. Out of 10 parliamentary sessions, 5 sessions have been completed. There will be 5 more sessions (exclusing special sessions) where the 1st Parliament will continue to enact and review policies and laws. It is also a time for reflection into the past, and understanding the present and planning for the future. Mid way through the term is a perfect opportunity to access performances. This is what the report card of the 1st Parliament would look like mid way through it’s 5 year term:

I. Law Enactment 14 laws enacted (including adoption of the Constitution)

1. Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

2. Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

3. Public Election Fund Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

4. National Referendum Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

5. National Assembly Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

6. National Council Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

7. Parliamentary Entitlement Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008

 8. Royal Bhutan Police Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2009

9. Prison Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2009

10. Waste Prevention and Management Act of the Bhutan, 2009 11. Cooperative (Amendment) Act, 2009

12. Livestock (Amendment) Act, 2009

13. Local Government Act, 2009 14. Marriage (Amendment) Act, 2009

II. Conventions/Charters/Agreements

8 International and regional Conventions/Charters/Agreements

1. The optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, 2009

2. The optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child pornography, 2009

3. Protocol of Accession of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA), 2009

4. SAARC Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

5. Charter of the SAARD Development Fund (SDF), 2009

6. Agreement for Establishment of South Asian University, 2008

7. Agreement for Establishment the SAARC Food Bank, 2008

8. Agreement for Establishment of South Asian Regional Standards Organization, 2009

III. Bill passed by both the Houses of Parliament 5 Bills (and demarcation)

1. Tobacco Control Bill, 2010

2. Standards Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2010

3. Royal Monetary Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2010

4. Bill on the Service Conditions for the holders of Constitutional Offices of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2010

5. Civil Service Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2010

6. Thromde Demarcation, 2010

IV. Bill discussed in atleast in one House of the Parliament 8 Bills

1. Anti Corruption Act (Amendment) Bill, 2010 – National Council

2. Penal Code of Bhutan (Amendment) Bill, 2010 – National Council

3. Civil and Criminal Procedure Code of Bhutan (Amendment) Bill, 2010 – National Council

4. Child Care and Protection Bill, 2010 – National Council

5. Adoption Bill, 2010 – National Council (Introduction only)

6. Water Bill, 2010 – National Assembly

7. Financial Services Bill, 2010 – National Assembly

8. Personal Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2010 – National Assembly

9. Budget and Appropriation Bill (2008 & 2009)* *Differences in the interpretation of the passing of the budget and appropriation bill remain to be resolved. This has however, not hampered any Government plans.

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About Sangay Khandu

Sangay Khandu is a Member of Parliament, serving his 2nd term representing the people of Gasa Dzongkhag to the National Council.
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