MPs learn more on public hearing through mock session

Aug 9, 2016

“A great contribution in the history of Bhutan’s parliament”, is what the National Assembly Secretary Sangay Duba described the workshop on public hearing as. The Secretary General’s statement resulted from the mock public hearing sessions whereby the parliamentarians got to experience—hands on—on what and how a public hearing should be.

Sonam Kinga, the National Council Chairperson said that the workshop will be important to start a uniform practice irrespective of the differences between the National Assembly and the National Council.

He added that the training workshop would have an immediate, visible impact on the role of parliamentary committees. The chairperson said that the training should not just end as a programme exclusively for the parliament but should also include other social sectors in the country.

During the mock public hearing sessions, parliamentarians were formed into groups as members of the Good Governance Committee and as decision makers at various levels to provide testimonies on the theme of Dzongkhag Development Grants (DDG).

The Parliamentarians discussed the relevance of allocating Nu. 7m to every dzongkhag irrespective of how big or small the dzongkhags are. They expressed that such allocation would not be fair to bigger dzongkhags such as Trashigang. Through the hearing, parliamentarians also reflected that transparency and decentralization of the grant be considered.

With the mock session conducted, UNDP will work on refining a manual that has been drawn for public hearings. After that, the manual will be reviewed by the parliamentarians. 

For more information, contact;

Namgay Wangchuk, Programme Implementation Analyst, UNDP Bhutan: Namgay.wangchuk@undp.org

Pushkar Chhetri, Communications Analyst, UNDP Bhutan: pushkar.chhetri@undp.org