His Majesty The King graced the closing ceremony of the 9th session of the third parliament today. During the ceremony, the speaker thanked His Majesty for working tirelessly for the peace and security of the country.
In his closing speech, National Assembly’s Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel paid tribute to the numerous efforts made by His Majesty The King for the welfare of the country. His Majesty was accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, members of the Royal family, and international delegates.
“The DeSuung and Gyalsuung programmes have been recognised as crucial elements for strengthening the country’s identity and heritage. His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo embarked on a journey to Pelrithang, Gelephu to honour the passing out parade of the 56th DeSuung Batch, who successfully completed their pilot basic military training. Not pausing for even a moment of rest, His Majesty, imparted invaluable wisdom and guidance to the trainees.”
“His Majesty emphasised the uniqueness of Bhutan as a nation, forged through the collective efforts of generations, and emphasised the need to persistently strengthen these endeavours. The DeSuung and Gyalsuung programs, in particular, were highlighted as integral elements for fortifying the nation’s identity and heritage. This inspiring message not only moved the general public but also motivated the young participants in the Gyalsuung training programme. The Parliament expresses its heartfelt appreciation to His Majesty for this uplifting guidance, which deeply touches the people’s hearts,” added the Speaker.
The current session adopted the National Digital Identity Bill of Bhutan 2023, the Pay Revision Bill of Bhutan 2023, the Forest and Nature Conservation Bill of Bhutan 2021 and the Civil Liability Bill of Bhutan 2022.
His Majesty The King has granted assent to the Budget Appropriation Bill for Financial Year 2023-2024 and the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for Financial Year 2022-2023.
The National Assembly also adopted The Biological Corridor Nine Bill of Bhutan 2023, Agreement on the Movement of Traffic-in-Transit between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Royal Government of Bhutan, The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Charter and The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They were presented to the National Council.
During the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, the house presented the Royal Audit Authority’s Annual Report 2021-2022 and Follow up on the Royal Audit Authority’s Review Reports of Annual Audit Report 2010-2021. Two Performance Audit Reports were also deliberated on Cyber Security and Irrigation System.