With the guideline in place, a comparative study reveals key aspects that differentiate GDG from CDG amid striking similarities
Analysis: Unlike the Constituency Development Grant (CDG) that the previous government initiated during its term, members of Parliament do not feature, at all, in the implementation of new government’s Gewog Development Grant (GDG).
The recently finalised guideline for implementation of GDG states that Nu 2M a year for each gewog would be approved by the gewog [... Read More]
Salary: Review of salary revision for the prime minister and Cabinet members was the decision of the previous Parliament and, as such, the pay commission would have looked into it.
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, said this in response to a question on why pay commission was asked to look into recommendations of the previous Parliament on revising the pay scales of the prime minister and ministers.
It had come in about three months after the [... Read More]
Meet the press: While the government had instructed Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) to do a study on it, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the meet the press session yesterday said there were no plans to start casinos in the country.
“I requested DHI to do several studies and lottery is one of them,” lyonchhoen said. “Casino falling under the sector of gambling was another but there is no intention to start casinos.”
These studies, which [... Read More]
Day-long oral transmission done: About 10,000 devotees attending Namkhai Nyingpo’s Mipham kabum wang return to their residence in Phuentsholing
Workshop: Twenty-five parliamentarians are learning to focus on enhancing their research and analysis skills to make evidence-based decisions.
Evidence-based decisions meant making decisions after studying issues in depth and analysing it critically.
Organised by the Royal University of Bhutan’s Institute for GNH Studies (iGNHaS), participants are also taught skills to enhance critical thinking, innovation and informed decision-making. “They would also learn skills on how to strengthen research and analyse public policy,” the press release from [... Read More]
On which he has received positive responses to a series of requests
11th FYP: As the timely release of funds for implementing programs and activities under the 11th Plan is very important, finance minister Namgay Dorji requested the Indian finance minister P Chidambaram to expedite the release of balance funds allocated for the first financial year of the 11th Plan and the balance fund for the 10th Plan, during his first official visit to [... Read More]
Going by the sound of it, the government’s new scheme to allocate additional fund for the local government is as different as it is similar to that of the previous government’s.
Under what the government chooses to call Gewog Development Grant (GDG) it will allocate Nu 2M to every gewog for its people to carry out activities they identify as beneficial.
The acronym rings close to the previous government’s Constituency Development Grant (CDG), except this time National [... Read More]
… and the penalty imposed for making changes in the details of an ordinary one
Meet the press: The government will look into the issue of diplomatic passports being retained by former diplomats and parliament members, as well as the penalty of Nu 5,000 that’s charged for making changes in the details of an ordinary passport holder.
Foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje, at the fourth meet the press session yesterday, said the issue of diplomatic passports [... Read More]
The economics affairs minister, though, advises caution and consensus before joining up
WTO: While delegations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations couldn’t come to a consensus, as of late last night, economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said there were several things to deal with, when it came to exploring the possibility of joining the WTO.
The first thing, he said, would be to sensitise the cabinet about joining WTO. “We must now start thinking [... Read More]