With the blessings of the Triple Gem and our visionary and dynamic Monarchs, we have witnessed a peaceful transition into a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy.
Civil Society Organizations have existed for the benefit of the society in Bhutan for many years. Therefore, in recognition of the important role played by the Civil Society Organizations the National Assembly in June 2007 enacted the Civil Society Organizations Act of Bhutan, 2007.
The legislation of the Civil Society Organizations Act, 2007 and the subsequent establishment of the Civil Society Organizations Authority on 20th March, 2009 have facilitated the emergence of healthy Civil Society Organizations. Keeping in view existing government policies it is expected that these organizations will operate in constructive partnership with the Government to advance public interest socio-economically, culturally and environmentally.
While carrying out their respective organizational mandates, particularly in addressing social welfare, Civil Society Organizations must take cognizance of the existence of the sacred institution of Kidu which has benefited and continues to benefit the socially and economically marginalized citizens of our society since the days of our first Monarch. Civil Society Organizations should therefore, endeavor to complement and supplement Kidu activities. In the spirit of creating a unique fabric of Civil Societies that is suited to our own model of development, Kidu must be held sacrosanct and Civil Society Organizations must work in a constructive partnership with the government to fulfill the government's policies and programs.
The Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs is mandated by the government to act as the lead agency responsible for maintaining linkage between the Government and Civil Society Organizations Authority.
With the promulgation of the Civil Society Organization Rules & Regulations in consonance with the Civil Society Organizations Act, 2007 the stage is now set for launching the registration of potential Civil Society Organizations. These Rules and Regulation shall come into force with effect from 1st January 2010.
Wishing you every success.
Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs,
(Interim Chair for the Civil Society Organizations Authority)