From Bhutan Observer (13 July 2012)
I After a lot of debates on many issues, the ninth session of parliament endorsed Druk Gyalpo Relief Fund Bill and Education City Bill, which were then submitted to His Majesty for assent.
National Assembly (NA)endorsed the Domestic Violence Prevention Bill and Road Bill and transferred to the National Council (NC).
Since consensus could not be arrived between the two houses of the parliament, NA submitted the Disaster Management Bill to His Majesty for the approval to convene a joint sitting in the next session.
Parliament also ratified three international conventions - SAARC agreement on intimation of regional standard, SAARC seed bank convention and Cape Town convention and air craft protocol.
NC transmitted the Alternative Dispute Resolution Bill of the Bhutan to NA. The bill will be tabled for deliberation in the next session.
NC's private bill on National Flag, which was deliberated and transmitted to NA could not be deliberated due to the lack of proper legislative procedure to table such a private bill. However, a joint committee of the two houses will formulate rules of procedure governing private bill and will be tabled in the next session.
Land Bill was deferred for further 'comprehensive' public consultations after His Majesty's June 15 Kasho to the parliament which says that parliament while deliberating on the Bill must arrive at a resolution that is in keeping with the aspirations of people of the kingdom.
"However, it is crucial that the government provide timely compensation or land substitution for the private land acquired by the government and expedites the mitigation of the land related problems," said speaker Jigme Tshultim.
After intense deliberation, the parliament decided on levying 20 percent green tax on luxury vehicles with engine power of 1800 cc and above and 5 percent on other vehicle.
At the closing of the parliament on June 11, the speaker proposed to offer Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley the title of GHN Ambassador for Life for having rendered meritorious and dedicated service to the Tsa-wa-Sum and for playing a vital role in furthering the GNH philosophy.
By Chador Wangmo.