The seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 18th-day meeting yesterday morning at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw.
Three asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered by Ministry of Border Affairs Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Than Htut.
Replying to a question posed by U Whey Tin of Chin constituency (11) on the plan to construct a 320foot-long suspension bridge across Palet creek, between Twikinwa Village and Baungku Village in the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY), the deputy minister said although the ministry was carrying out border area development works using Ks4.364.114 million in the 2017-2018 FY, which included Chin State and other border areas, the plan for the suspension bridge was not included for the 2018-2019 FY. However, it will be included in the projects earmarked for the 2019-2020 FY period and will be undertaken depending on the availability of funds, explained the deputy minister.
In response to a question by U Lal Min Htan of Chin State constituency (10) regarding the upgrade of a motorcycle road in Chin State, Matupi Township, into an 18foot-wide motor road, the deputy minister said the widening of the 11mile section of the road was being conducted by tender-winning company Gracy Hnin Company in the 2017-2018 FY period, with the Chin State government funding Ks94.05 million. Currently, 60 per cent of the work has been completed, replied the deputy minister.
The deputy minister then replied to a question posed by Daw Khin Swe Lwin of Chin State constituency (9) on the development works conducted by the Ministry of Border Affairs in the 2016-2017 FY in Chin State Kanpetlet Township. The deputy minister said some Ks473.836 million was used by the ministry in the 2016-2017 FY period to build the 300foot-long Bailey bridge, which is capable of withstanding load of more than 13 tonnes, between Kyindwe Village and Hoteponkyin Village in Kanpetlet Township. Besides this, a 400foot-long and 12foot-wide road was built for the border area ethnic national youth development school, new electrical wirings were installed in the school buildings and a 500foot-long and 12foot-wide asphalt road was laid for the household vocational training school.
Regarding the plan on who ought to participate in the development works in the 2017-2018 FY, the Ministry of Border Affairs is implementing the regional development project works by coordinating with the ministry’s main projects through submissions made by the states, the Hluttaw representatives, promises and pledges made by the Hluttaw, guidelines of the nation’s leaders and the funding available. Funds earmarked by the ministry are submitted for assessment and confirmation by the national financial commission and financial assessment committee, according to the rules and regulations. On receiving the approval and confirmation, it is then submitted to the Hluttaw. It is implemented only when there is confirmation (from the Hluttaw). Invitations for tenders are announced in state-owned newspapers and in accordance with the instructions given by the President’s office. As per the guidelines and instructions distributed by the ministry of construction to ministries conducting works under the contract system, the profile of the tendering companies are inspected, tenders are opened in a transparent manner, agreements are signed with tender-winning companies and works are conducted systematically.
Companies winning the tender also have to set up signboards describing details of the work at work sites to provide information not
only to the Hluttaw representatives but also to the people; so there is no plan to provide a separate explanation, said the deputy minister.
Replying to whether the Mone Creek Bailey bridge was constructed according to the set standard, he said the SSR1 type Bailey bridge had a load capacity of 12.5 tonnes, according to the standard set for public construction work for village roads. The Ministry of Border Affairs built a SSR2 type bridge that has a load capacity in excess of 13 tonnes. However, as per the request of Kanpetlet Township construction management committee, it was classified as having a load capacity of only 6 tonnes.
The earth removal work in Mulaung Village was not carried out with funds provided by the Ministry of Border Affairs, but with the funds of the state government, said the deputy minister.
Regarding the companies that were responsible for conducting maintenance works in the 2016-2017 FY period but can complete their works only in the 2017-2018 FY and the action to be taken against them if they are unable to complete it in the 2017-2018 FY period, the deputy minister said companies which were responsible for conducting maintenance works have to make submissions to the development management offices of the relevant states/regions and from there to the ministries. Depending upon the availability of funds, it will be conducted accordingly. However, if a force majeure situation occurs, it should be reported to the ministry within a month, and if the ministry accepts the situation, it will allow a grace period. If the work is not completed in the set FY, the relevant company will have to pay a penalty for delay at the rate of 0.01 per cent a day, explained the deputy minister.
Next, a bill committee report on the findings and remarks on the industrial copyright design bill, invention copyright bill, trademark copyright bill, and literature and art copyright bill was read by committee member Tatmadaw representative Brig-Gen Tint Lwin.
This was followed by Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than obtaining the approval of the Hluttaw for the industrial design copyright bill.
Later, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi tabled the bill that was supported by U Ko Ko Naing of Sagaing Region constituency (8).
The decision of the Hluttaw was obtained for the bill and as the Hluttaw agreed, it was announced by the Amyotha Hluttaw speaker to be confirmed as amended.
Mahn Win Khaing Than then obtained the decision of the Hluttaw on the invention copyright bill.
The bill was also tabled by Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, which was supported by U Ko Ko Naing of Sagaing Region constituency (8).
The decision of the Hluttaw was then obtained for the bill and as the Hluttaw agreed, it was announced by the Amyotha Hluttaw speaker to be confirmed as amended.
Similarly, Mahn Win Khaing Than obtained the decision of the Hluttaw on the trademark copyright bill and the literature and art copyright bill.
Both the bills were tabled by Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and supported by Daw Myat Thida Tun of Mon State constituency (5), and both the bills were given the nod by the Hlutttaw. Mahn Win Khaing Than announced the confirmation of the two bills as amended.
The 19th-day meeting of the seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 19 February.
Aye Aye Thant (Myanmar News Agency)