Functions of the Chhoedey Lhentshog

The Chhoedey Lhentshog shall:

(a)  Endeavour to promote religious harmony and strengthen the spiritual heritage of Bhutan;

(b)  Prescribe the application form and procedures for the registration of the ROs and endowments;

(c)  Review and approve all applications, for registration of any RO, which satisfy the requirements of this Act, within six months after such applications are submitted;

(d)  Provide written reasons for rejecting any application under this Act;

(e) Regulate and ensure that construction of religious structures by the ROs adhere to the traditional and cultural designs and heritage of Bhutan;

(f) Advise the Government about the general activities and roles of ROs;

(g) Encourage and facilitate better internal administration of ROs;

(h) Monitor the activities of ROs to ensure their compliance with this Act and with their own Articles of Associations or Charters, and the purposes for which they have been established;

(i) Institute inquiries either generally or for particular purposes, if the activities of the ROs are not in compliance with this Act or any other relevant laws of the Country;

(j) Examine the books, records and activities of ROs when required;

(k) Keep a public register of ROs as described in section 23 of this Act;

(l) Add or remove any body or institution from the list of registered ROs for violations of this Act or of any other law of Bhutan; and