House to begin from today ; Amendment of tobacco act as urgent bill likely


The two-week long eight session of the Parliament has been scheduled to commence from today.

Much anticipated to amend the world’s strictest tobacco control act, the House will also discuss a number of other bills – King’s relief fund, disaster management, education city and child adoption, among others.

Based on the Parliamentary practices, amendment proposal of the Tobacco Control Act 2010 will be endorsed and implemented before the House comes to an end since the government is preparing to table the proposal as an urgent bill.

From the time the law came into effect since January, altogether 59 persons including three non-Bhutanese have been charged of possession, sale or smuggling of tobacco products. Of them, 10 have been convicted of smuggling and jailed.