A motion urging the government to setup conservation and protection work programs as a priority for long term existence of water resources and ground water was tabled by U Sai Ngaung Hsaing Hein of Maukmai constituency in Pyithu Hluttaw meeting held yesterday.
Hluttaw decided to accept the motion and Hluttaw Speaker announced for interested hluttaw representatives to enroll their names to discuss the motion.
Also at the meeting U Min Naung of Pinlebu constituency raised a question on plan to release farm lands within reserved and protected forest areas to which Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win said the government had pledged to have 30 per cent of the country’s area as reserved and protected forest areas while 10 per cent is reserved as natural reserve area for climate change. Currently only 24.83 per cent of the country’s area is reserved and protected forest area and 5.79 per cent is natural reserve area. As such, there is no plan to release farm lands within reserved and protected areas answered the Union Minister.
U Kyaw Soe of Bamauk constituency then raised a question on plans to prevent, expose and taking action against systematic illegal logging cases in Bamauk Township (Sagaing Region). Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win said a combined force consisting of (personnel from) township general administration department, township police force, police forest ranger, township forest department and Tatmadaw columns were preventing, exposing and taking action in a timely manner to prevent illegal logging and illegal production of forest products in Bamauk Township.
A 50 strong police forest ranger force was assigned in Katha, Shwebo, Monywa and Kalay districts and under the arrangement of District Forest Department and together with forest department personnel were continuously detaining and preventing illegal logging in townships. During FY 2016-2017 613 tons of logs and 36 suspects were detained while as of 7 August in FY 2017-2018, 150 tons of logs and 7 suspects were detained said the Union Minister.
Questions by U Sai Maung Pwint of Tangyan constituency, U Zarni Min of Shwegu constituency and U Aye Naing of Dagon Myothit (South) constituency on releasing of Tangyan airfield land, taking action against ships that are not in accordance with set rules and regulations and rearming of the forest department personnel were then answered by Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win and Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo. In the day’s meeting hluttaw was informed of receiving an accountancy bill sent from Amyotha Hluttaw with amendment, bill committee submitted a report and announcement made for enrolment of hluttaw representatives who wish to submit an amendment motion.
Kyaw Thu Htet & Aye Aye Thant (Myanmar News Agency)