2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 5th regular session 42nd day meeting was held yesterday morning at Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall.
At the meeting U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 asked on plan to release 44.25 acres of grazing land and farm land in Dagon Myothit (South) Township confiscated by 504th Artillery Battalion and Yangon Command to construct schools, congregation hall, drinking water pond, sports ground and libraries that does not exist in the area. Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Myint Nwe said the area mentioned in the question was found to include 18.16 acres of farm land that came into existence after Zalotgyi creek was straightened to enable smooth flow of water while 42.09 acres were previously part of the creek and underwater totaling 60.25 acres of land. Prior to 1999, these areas were underwater and were not under any agriculture work.
It was also found that application was made according to regulation to develop these lands and as per decision number 26 of Yangon Division Peace and Development Council executive meeting minute 28/2005 permission was granted and 504th Artillery Battalion dug fish ponds with its own machineries, labour of the troops and cash investment.
Additionally, head of township land record department and chairman of township peace and development council had also supported the work as the digging of fish ponds didn’t obstruct the routes of the villagers while improving the water flow and then the lands in question were worked on by the battalion with land form (105/106).
Furthermore when U Win Naing of Shantegyi Village applied to land management central committee to use 16 acres of the 60.25 acres as farm land, this 16 acres land was released back to Dagon Myothit (South) Township land management on 10 February 2014. Since the remaining 44.25 acres of land was formerly lands underwater that is now being worked on officially while the land itself is not suitable to construct schools, congregation hall, sports ground and libraries the Deputy Minister
answered that there is no plan to release it.
Questions by Dr. Mya Thaung of Bago Region constituency 7 and U Ye Myint Soe of Yangon Region constituency 7 were then answered by Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko and Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing.
Thura Zaw (MNA)