By Aye Aye Thant (Myanmar News Agency)
The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw’s eighth regular session’s fifth-day meeting was held yesterday morning.
A motion tabled by U Tin Htwe of Waw constituency urging the relevant union-level organisations to draw up and enforce the related rules in a timely manner for the enacted laws was approved by the Hluttaw.
In addition to discussing and approving the above mentioned motion, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat informed the Hluttaw about extending the term of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee for another year and six asterisk-marked questions were answered.
In the question-and-answer session, U Thaung Aye of Pyawbwe constituency first asked if there was any plan to amend the Pyawbwe Township election commission member list, as the list sent back by the Union Election Commission included the names of two persons who were not in the list submitted by the township. Union Election Commission member U Aung Myint replied that the members for the various levels of the election commission were chosen according to the Constitution and its related laws by the Union Election Commission, and it is not mentioned in the Constitution and the laws that the members should be as submitted by the township. As such, there is no plan to amend this list, said U Aung Myint.
Responding to a question posed by U Aung Kyaw Oo of Mongton constituency on the plan to repair and upgrade the badly damaged road section between Tachilek District and Monghsat District, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut said the matter was raised at a meeting between the peace representative group and ethnic national leaders of Wa Special Region-2, held at Pangkham (Panghsan) Town on 11 November 2017. At the meeting, the Shan State government requested the urgent repair of the damaged road section, and in case of difficulties, to transfer the road to the government.
Wa Special Region-2 told of its intention to transfer the road to the government and discussions were held with the Ministry of Construction to repair this road. A discussion about the repairs was also included in the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre meeting, explained the deputy minister.
Next, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut replied to a question raised by U Zon Taint of Chipwe constituency on the plan to develop townships and regions with the highest poverty level through a special fund for regions where peace is being established. The deputy minister said the Ministry of Border Affairs would reply to the matter, and the replies from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre would be included in his response to the question. The Ministry of Home Affairs has conducted regional development works in the townships of Kachin State under its rural area development and poverty reduction programme by using Ks1 billion annually from 2011-2012 to 2013-2014 fiscal years, Ks1.5 billion in the 2014-2015 fiscal year and Ks5 billion in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Similarly, township-wise development works were conducted in the townships of Kachin State using the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw regional development fund. Ks100 million per township was used from the 2013-2014 to 2016-2017 fiscal years.
The Kachin State General Administration Department conducted the fiscal year-wise regional development works using Ks20 million from the rural development fund. Six rural development works were thus fully implemented.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has provided nearly Ks36 billion for rural development from its ordinary expenditure (union-supported fund) and rural development and poverty reduction fund (union-supported) in the 2016-2017 fiscal year and from its capital expenditure from the 2013-2014 to the 2016-2017 fiscal years.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is conducting mitigation works for the development works affected by natural disasters and is providing support to the affected people through livelihood and redevelopment works. The National Reconciliation and Peace Centre is supporting the livelihoods of the people in the conflict areas with the union-government fund, especially with funds from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, National Reconciliation and Peace Centre fund and donations from local and foreign donors.
Although the union government is conducting relevant development projects with the ministerial departments concerned for regions to develop in tandem, owing to various circumstances, some regions still require development projects. However, as the union government will continue to conduct development projects, no special fund has been allotted for this, said the deputy minister.
Questions raised by U Yan Kyin Kan of Kunlong constituency, U Wom Hla of Nanyun constituency and U Sai Kyaw Moe of Mongpan constituency were also answered by Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut.
Later, a motion tabled by U Tin Htwe of Waw constituency urging the relevant union-level organisations to draw up and enforce the related rules in a timely manner for the enacted laws was discussed by Daw Mar Mar Khine of Thaton constituency, Daw Khin Hnin Thit of Padaung constituency, U Mya Sein of Dagon Myothit (Seikkan) constituency, Daw Thandar of Einme constituency, U Aung Htoo Myint of Aunglan constituency, Dr. U Myint Thein of Nyaunglebin constituency, U Khin Maung Latt of Myanaung constituency and Dr U Aung Khin of Pyin Oo Lwin constituency.
Deputy Attorney General U Win Myint supported the motion but explained there were some delays due to the requirement for coordination with related departments, entities, international organisations and consultations with foreign experts, but still the ministries and departments were striving towards the timely enacting of the rules.
Following the discussion and after the decision of the Hluttaw was obtained, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat announced the motion as approved by the Hluttaw. The sixth-day meeting of the second Pyithu Hluttaw’s eighth regular session is scheduled to be held on 23 May.