Amyotha Hluttaw accepts motion to debate minimum wage law

Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw.  Photo: MNA

The second-day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s 15th regular session took place in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday where MPs raised starred questions and amendments to The Minimum Wage Law, 2013, were debated.
Firstly, uninducted Tatmadaw Amyotha Hluttaw representatives took and signed the oath of office in the presence of Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Next, MP U Tin Wai of Taninthayi Region constituency 6 raised a question on what measures have been taken with regard to the Myeik Fisheries Department’s decision to completely hand over prawn breeding ponds to Vantage Co Ltd without paying any form of compensation in Kyaukphyar Village-tract, Myeik District.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that the decision for the incident was made then by the Myeik District Peace and Development Council and had paid crop compensation at a rate of K30,000 per acre. He said the Fisheries Department had paid K10 million to the General Administration Department for forming additional land, and the regional government will oversee its implementation. In addition, the K391,260,3 million received from sales was already added to the development fund for the fishery and livestock sector.
Next, MP U Hla Oo of Sagaing Region constituency 4 asked whether there were national policies in consideration to reestablish cotton fields in once-prosperous regions and resume the production of clothes and accessories.

Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied that their ministry already have a strategic plan underway which, if implemented in 2030-2031 as scheduled, will produce 700,000 metric tons of cotton to clothe 60 million people across the country. He said they have considered the entire supply chain of planting cotton to producing end products and have a policy in the work to keep it operating efficiently.
Next, MP Dr Win Myint of Bago Region constituency 11 asked whether a community centre will be constructed in Monyo, Bago Region, to which Nay Pyi Taw council member U Nyi Tun replied that a 0.512 acre of land in Shwepyitha Ward, Thayawady District, is slated for building a community center and seven other businesses but the city development group has yet to acquire the required funding. He said they will include funding proposals on the 2020-2021 regional government fund proposals and act accordingly from there.
After the Q&A session, Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Lal Min Htan read the committee’s report the bill on animal health and development, which was sent back with amendments from the Pyithu Hluttaw. The Speaker called for the deliberation of the assembly and approved it.
Next, MP U Kyaw Htwe of Yangon Region constituency 8, and is also Chairman of the Immigration and Local and Overseas Labour Affairs Committee, submitted the bill to amend The Minimum Wage Law 2013, and was seconded by MP Dr Khin Ma Gyi of Chin State constituency 8.
Upon asking the deliberation of the assembly and receiving no opposition, the Speaker announced that the bill has been accepted by the Amyotha Hluttaw for further scrutiny and is handed over to the bill committee.
The third-day meeting of the current Amyotha Hluttaw session will be held on 3 February. —Aung Ye Twin (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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