Bhutan: Govt. proposes Tobacco Act amendment

The government will propose lifting the ban on the sale of tobacco products in the country through the amendment of the Tobacco Act as an urgent Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

Officials familiar with the amendment proposal said that it was being proposed in view of the continued smuggling of tobacco products through the porous border in the south, which has been identified as one of the main reasons for the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country.

Kuensel learnt that the National Assembly secretariat has received the amendment proposal from the government as an urgent Bill. The government is scheduled to make a presentation on the urgency and intent of the Bill to Members of Parliament on Monday.

Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said that the due process would takes its course once the government makes the plenary on Monday. The details of the Bill were not shared.

According to the Legislative Rules of Procedure (LRoP), the Speaker should consult with the National Council Chairperson on urgent Bills, which are passed in the same session.