The seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 20th-day meeting yesterday at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall, where asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, two reports read and explained and a motion discussed.
First, U Kyaw Kyaw of Rakhine State constituency (4) raised a question on the plan to upgrade the earthen road up to Balipyin Village on the MraukU-Mahahti concrete road section in Rakhine State, MraukU Township to a gravel road. Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw replied that the MraukU-Mahahti concrete road was managed by the Ministry of Construction’s Department of Rural Development, while the earthen road up to Balipyin Village was built by the local villagers. The Rakhine State government has submitted to the Union Government office to include this road under the list of roads managed by the Ministry of Construction, according to procedure. Meanwhile, the upgradation work on 1 mile and 1 furlong of the 4-mile and 4-furlong earthen road was started in the 2017-2018 fiscal year (FY) period, with the Rakhine State government spending Ks35 million. Some 75 per cent of the work has been completed. Once it becomes a Ministry of Construction-managed road, funds will be allocated every FY and it will be upgraded, explained the Union Minister.
Responding to a question raised by U Bwe Khane of Chin State constituency (3) on a plan to build a park in Haka Town during the 2018-2019 FY, Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Aung Myint Tun said the Haka Township Development Affairs Department was arranging to construct a park on a 5-acre plot in Khuasilobo, Haka Town. In the 2018-2019 budget allocation, the park construction has been listed as second priority, and Ks150 million was requested for the park and a reservoir (including the fence around the reservoir). If the budget is allocated, the park will be constructed, said U Aung Myint Tun.
Replying to a question posed by Naw Hla Hla Soe of the Yangon region constituency (10) on relocating the Taungthukone-Yodaya market in the Yangon Region’s Insein Township, as waste from the market was causing health and social problems, fire hazards and traffic blocks, Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Aung Myint Tun said the market came into existence some 30 years ago, and there were some 200 temporary vendors selling along the 1,000-foot-long and 12-foot-wide road. The temporary sellers were allocated stalls in the Bokone market, some 2,500 feet from the Yodaya market, but most of them moved back to the old market after selling their stalls to others. The Bokone market is on a 320×100 square feet plot with six market sheds having 251 shops. (Only) 38 temporary vendors are operating there. Although the Bokone market has a 27×55 square feet open space, this is not sufficient to accommodate all the temporary sellers in Yodaya market. As no other suitable places are available in the vicinity, there is no plan to relocate the Yodaya market, said U Aung Myint Tun.
However, to prevent health problems and the occurrence of dengue, 323 houses in the area were provided with mosquito nets, mosquito repellents and Abate application. The Insein Township Public Health Department is conducting fogging operations, while the veterinary department is conducting rodent and stray dog control measures. The Yangon City Development Committee Engineering Department (roads and bridges) has also constructed two box culverts and improved the water flow of the 12,000-foot-long Kawthwe creek that flows through the Taungthukone ward, explained U Aung Myint Tun.
Next, the report by the bill committee on the findings and comments about the bill on the registration of deeds was read by bill committee member U Lal Min Htan. The bill on the registration of deeds, approved and returned with amendments by the Pyithu Hluttaw, was then decided by the Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced the approval of the Hluttaw.
Bill committee member U Kyaw Kyaw then read the bill committee report on a bill amending the Caste Disabilities Removal Act, returned without amendment by the Pyithu Hluttaw, for the Hluttaw to discuss it, and Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill to enrol their names.
Later, a motion urging the government to give priority to the least developed states and regions and to implement the One Village One Product (OVOP) rural development strategy with the relevant ministerial departments, including a budget for it, tabled by Daw Htu May of Rakhine State constituency (11) was discussed by U Kyaw Myint Oo of the Mandalay region constituency (10), Tatmadaw Amyotha Hluttaw representative Major Htet Linn U Mya Min Swe of the Bago region constituency (9), U Than Soe, also known as Than Soe (Economic), of the Yangon region constituency (4) and Daw Shah Mu of Kayah State constituency (5).
In his discussion on the motion, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said there were many things the government needed to do for rural development, and the motion required a long-term plan to implement it. Based on the discussions made on the motion, the deputy minister asked the motion to be put on record.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than then asked to not put the motion on record after the Hluttaw voted 71 for, 106 against and seven abstentions on the motion. The 21st-day meeting of the seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 21 February.
By Aye Aye Thant
(Myanmar News Agency)