The seventh regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 31st-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
At the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were raised and answered by Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun.
Responding to the first question by U Sai San Aung of Shan Constituency (12) on raising the level of education for ethnic nationals in Wa Self-administered Division, the Deputy Minister said a total of 13 school buildings and four staff houses for teaching personnel
were earmarked to be constructed in the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY).
The Saku basic education primary school in Namphan Township, Kaunglan basic education primary school, Yaunglan basic education primary school and Lakaing basic education primary school in Panwaing Township are located on lands that do not belong to the Ministry of Education, and so, the lands must be registered in the ministry’s name first. Only then can the ministry upgrade the schools and construct more buildings for them, said the Deputy Minister.
A school building on a 60×30 square feet plot for the Kaunglan basic education primary school (different school with same name) in Metmung Township was, however, built in the 2014-2015 FY, added the Deputy Minister.
On the second question by U Myint Naing of Rakhine constituency (5) on the plan to release five acres of land belonging to the Ministry of Education in Kyauktaw Township, Naguma village tract, to the Ministry of Health and Sports for the construction of a station hospital, the Deputy Minister explained that this was proposed to the Rakhine State government by the Naguma village tract station hospital construction organising committee. The ministry is working in coordination with the Rakhine State government to transfer the land to the Ministry of Health and Sports, so that a station hospital can be constructed on the land, as desired by the Hluttaw representative and the people of the area.
After the question and answer session, the Hluttaw representatives discussed the report on the work of the Amyotha Hluttaw farmer affairs committee.
Daw Myat Thida Tun of Mon State constituency (5) suggested setting up meetings with Hluttaw representatives of states and regions to discuss problems arising from the confiscation of lands. Based on these discussions, suggestions and coordination should be provided to the states and regional governments or the central land assessment committee through the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker, and if required, a motion must be tabled in the Hluttaw. Only then can the Hluttaw help resolve the issue to a certain extent, the Hluttaw representative said.
Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon Region constituency (10), on her part, commended the committee for participating in amending the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law. “Now, is the period when ceasefires are being made, and the country is headed towards a federal democracy union through the establishment of peace. Some ethnic organisations have their own land policies. The land sector issue is very important in the peace process, and the committee is urged to coordinate and combine the land policies and compile a report to the Hluttaw representatives for information,” she said.
U Shayrel Shu Maung of Kayah State constituency (2) and U Tin Aung Tun of Magway Region constituency (5) also joined the discussion on the report.
Amyotha Hluttaw Farmer Affairs Committee member U Lin Tin Htay then tabled a motion in the Hluttaw to approve and accept the committee report.
Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee report on questions asked and motions tabled during the second Amyotha Hluttaw’s sixth regular session were then read, after which Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the report to enrol their names.
Similarly, the Amyotha Hluttaw’s Health, Sports and Culture Committee’s report on its works was read by committee member Daw Lwee Zar, and the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker called on the Hluttaw representatives to register and discuss the report.
The 32nd-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw is scheduled to be held on 23 March.—Aung Ye Thwin
Aung Ye Thwin