The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its fifth-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning where asterisk-marked questions were answered, a bill discussed and a report read.
Construction of two Bailey bridges in Lahe Township
Replying to a question by U Min Naing of Sagaing Region constituency 12 on plan to construct two Bailey bridges on India border road across Wah creek and Yam Kyone creek in Sagaing Region, Naga Self-Administered Zone, Lahe Township, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut said the two bridges are included in a list of works to be conducted with the fourth assistance from India.
Upgrade of Kalay airport building and compound
Next, U Zon Hle Htan of Chin State constituency 4 posed a question on plan to upgrade Kalay airport building and compound. Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo said only Ks 11 million was used to maintain Kalay airport passenger building during the 11 year period of fiscal year 2007-2008 to fiscal year 2017-2018 as the ministry was upgrading works in other airports and giving priority to works on passenger safety in Kalay airport.
However, in addition to installing an air conditioner in the departure lounge of the airport as soon as possible, Ks 400 million in fiscal year 2019-2020 and Ks 300 million in fiscal year 2020-2021 are earmarked to expand the present airport building from 120 ft. x 60 ft. to 120 ft. x 100 ft. and to conduct maintenance work on it. Depending upon the receipt of fund, the work will be conducted, replied the Deputy Minister.
Similarly, questions raised by U Ze Khaung of Kachin State constituency 3, Daw Ma Ma Lay of Shan State constituency 8 and U Htein Win of the Ayeyawady Region constituency 4 were answered by Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Than Htut and Deputy Minister U Kyaw Myo.
Discussion on Traditional Medicine Council Bill
Afterwards, Hluttaw representatives discussed the Traditional Medicine Council Bill. In his discussion, Dr. Than Win of Mandalay Constituency 1 said, starting from 1962, traditional medicine practitioners were systematically trained and there are now more than 7,500 traditional medicine practitioners. As such, it is not appropriate to register traditional medicine practitioners who don’t have any diploma when Traditional Medicine University is producing qualified traditional medicine practitioners with diplomas. It is contrary to international practices and could reduce the trust and faith in traditional medicine. Therefore, clause 15 (f) and 31 (c) should be deleted said Dr. Than Win.
U Soe Thein @ U Maung Soe of the Taninthayi Region constituency 10 also discussed the bill.
Report on Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill read
Following this, Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member Daw Ohn Kyi read and explained the committee’s report on Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill approved and sent with amendment by the Pyithu Hluttaw.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than then announced that Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill to enroll their names.
The sixth-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 6 August, it is learnt.
Aung Ye Thwin