English | Dzongkha Wednesday, June 19, 2019

NC adopts pay revision recommendations

The National Council yesterday unanimously adopted the Pay Revision Bill of Bhutan 2019 along with six general recommendations proposed by the Ad-hoc Committee.

NC questions government’s tourism policy

The number of regional tourists visiting Bhutan has almost doubled in the past couple of years. From 132,594 visitors in 2016, the number went up to 222,904 regional tourists that visited the country last year.

Parliamentary entitlement act overlook to be rectified

The Finance Minister before passing the Pay Revision bill today shared his concern on not looking into the Constitution and Parliamentary Entitlement Act before passing the pay revision of the National Assembly Speaker and Supreme Court’s Chief Justice yesterday.

Govt.’s pay revision proposal risks widening the gap:Opposition

The opposition says the government’s pay revision proposal risks widening the gap further. According to the press release, the opposition highlighted seven risks they observed with the government’s recommendations on the pay revision.

Mixed reactions on lowering Age of Consent

Even after much deliberation, the National Assembly could not reach a consensus on the age of consent at 16 yesterday. As per the Penal Code Amendment Act of Bhutan 2011, the age of consent for sexual acts is 18 years of age.

Appointment of Press Secretary for PMO questioned

Last month the government appointed a private individual as Press Secretary for Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for a contract term of three years.  Panbang’s Member of the Parliament, Dorji Wangdi said that there is a conflict of interest since the appointee worked with Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa during the election campaign.

Pay Revision Proposal; Teaching and Health to be more attractive

The Finance Minister presented Pay Revision Proposal in the National Assembly today. There are some major changes in the recommendations from the Pay Commission report which was released recently. The changes are with the revision on Teaching, Health and parliamentarians among others. According to the Finance Minister, the changes are made based on the principle of narrowing the gap.

Government’s decision to do away with the Class X cut off points discussed

The National Council member of Chhukha, Sangay Dorji questioned the Education Minister on the implementation of cut off points for class ten immediately from 2019 during the question hour of National Council.

Decorum to the winds in the House

In what started as an effective deliberation on the need for an apprehensive and extensive review of the LG Act, the discussion deviated towards personal attack. This drew in public attention on Facebook describing what has happened in the National Assembly as unacceptable.

Youth Unemployment rate not alarming

With the National Youth Unemployment rate increased from 12.3 per cent in 2017 to 15.7 per cent in 2018, MP Yeshey Dem of Khamed_Lunana asked the Labour minister what the Ministry is doing to address the issue.

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