Confiscated farmland returned

Vice President U Henry Van Thio witnesses returning 481 acres in Toungoo

Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers an address at the ceremony to return confiscated farmland to farmers in Toungoo. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers an address at the ceremony to return confiscated farmland to farmers in Toungoo. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Chairman of the Central Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, attended and addressed a ceremony to return 481.92 acres of released land to their owners in Toungoo yesterday.
The confiscated farmland released by Ministry of Defence in Toungoo District were returned to 123 farmers.
The Vice President pledged that the government would issue temporary landuse permit to the farmers.
Speaking at the ceremony,Vice President U Henry Van Thio urged the farmers to work on the released land for their own benefit, region and the country.
The Vice President alsothanked and recognized the Ministry of Defence, Bago Region Government and relevant departmental officials who worked toward returning the land to the farmers who previously worked on it.
Present at the ceremony were Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein, Bago Region Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Maung Yin, Deputy Ministers, Bago Region ministers, Hluttaw representatives, region, district, township level departmental officials, Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands members, farmers receiving the released lands, town elders, local people, invited guests and officials.
The Vice President said the day’s event was to present temporary landuse permit form (3) to 123 farmers for 481.93 acres of land released by the Ministry of Defence in Bago Region, Toungoo District, Toungoo Township, Ottwin Township and Kyaukkyi Township.
Committees consisting of Hluttaw representatives and farmer’s representatives were formed at state/region, district, township, ward and village tract levels to scrutinize confiscated land, return unused land to former owners in accordance with the law quickly and close the cases.
At the same time, in the cases of confiscated lands being used for the benefit of the people and the country by departmental organizations, the reason for these lands being not released was being informed transparently.

To speed up the work of the committees at all levels, four confiscated lands reviewing groups were formed with deputy ministers from union ministries and these groups went to relevant state/region to assess the situation.
According to the report of these groups, ward, village and township level committees were not properly formed and did not thoroughly understand the 52 set policies. As such when the groups conduct visits, Hluttaw representative ought to participate in it.
Scrutinizing committees at lower levels need to assess and decide according to policies set by the central committee and reports submitted to the central committee must not be in the form of relaying information only but to include their conclusions, decisions and future programs so that cases can be resolved quickly and correctly.
Ministries that confiscated farmland should send decision makers to tours of inspection so that the work of releasing the land could be completed timely.

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits Taw Win Kaytumadi Cultural museum in Toungoo. Photo: MNA

In conclusion, Farmers are also urged to work on the released land for their own benefit, region and the country.
Afterwards, Bago Region Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands Chairman Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein explained about works conducted to release land.
Documents related to the released land were then transferred to Toungoo District Deputy Commissioner U Moe Htat. Later, Chief Minister U Win Thein, Deputy Ministers Rear Admiral Myint Nwe and U Hla Kyaw, Bago Region Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Maung Yin, Bago Region Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Aung Zaw Naing presented temporary work permit form (3) to farmer’s representatives of Toungoo District Kyungon village tract, Ottwin Township Maegon Ward and Kyaukkyi Township Kyaukponle village tract. The ceremony came to a close after farmer’s representative U Hla Thein spoke words of appreciation on behalf of farmers from Bago Region Toungoo District, Ottwin Township and Kyaukkyi Township who were presented with temporary work permit form (3). After the event, the Vice President and party inspected Taw Win Kaytumadi Cultural museum in Toungoo, coffee technology development farm (Leiktho) in Kyauktaing village, land to be released back by Ministry of Industry, Pharmaceutical and Foodstuff Industries in Thandaunggyi town, Thandaunggyi Tatmadaw Tea factory and visited Naw Bu Baw mountain. The Vice President and party then met with township level departmental officials in Thandaunggyi Township General Administration Department office.
From there, the Vice President inspected a land where a government technical high school will be built and returned to Nay Pyi Taw by car in the evening. — Myanmar News Agency

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