s the financial year term was changed, the government, businesspersons and farmers were not convenient in the work process, said State Administration Council Chairman Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the 12/2021 SAC meeting at the SAC Chairman’s Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his speech, the Senior General said the Council has taken State responsibilities for more than four months but has been facing progress as well as some challenges. In recent days, peaceful and tranquil moves of local people were seen in Mon and Kayin states where the Senior General paid visits. During the visit, local people were delighted with renaming the Thanlwin Bridge (Chaungzon). Moreover, instructions were given to officials from states to provide assistance to local farmers to have local food sufficiency and surplus to increase income and systematically cultivate the crops for raising the per-acre yield of crops.
The financial year of the State was set by the previous government from 1 October to 30 September. Being an agro-based country, Myanmar’s financial year was set depending on the yield of crops and taxes.
Moreover, instructions were given to officials from states to provide assistance to local farmers to have local food sufficiency and surplus to increase income and systematically cultivate the crops for raising the per-acre yield of crops.
As the financial year term was changed, the government, businesspersons and farmers were not convenient in the work process. So, Council members need to discuss the amendment of the financial year in conformity with the country.
With regard to the outbreak of COVID-19, the infectious rate rise up now. Infection is seen in northern Chin State, western Sagaing Region and Taninthayi Region. So, some townships in Chin State were enlisted in the stay-at-home programme. People need to abide by the COVID-19 restrictions. It is necessary to mainly supervise the students and teachers to follow the COVID-19 restrictions not to cause infection.
Some schools cannot be reopened, especially in Sagaing Region. Schools are reopened for the interests of the State and individual students. Arrangements are being made to reopen the private schools.
Some riots can be seen in regions and states. Terror acts were committed against schools, administrative offices and specific persons based on a personal grudge.
Officials need to remind all regions and states to take preventive measures against natural disasters in order to mitigate risks of natural disasters. The region and state national natural disaster management committees need to do immediate rescue and relief tasks when natural disasters fall.
The Senior General said he received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, who is Special Envoy of the ASEAN Alternate Chairman, and the ASEAN Secretary-General, and discussed to take about preventive measures of COVID-19, the situation of any ASEAN countries which did not point out and release announcements to bar terror acts and explosions committed by unlawful CRPH and NUG in Myanmar based on evasion of terrorism involved in the ASEAN consensus, the emergence of error voter lists in the 2020 multiparty general election, findings on inspection, situation to hold the election when the State is peaceful and stable, cooperation of Myanmar in the issue of humanitarian aid, and an interview given to Phoenix Media.
Cases of bribery and corruption will be scrutinized to take action against the offenders. Effective punishment will be sentenced in terror cases for ensuring the rule of law. Action will be taken against CDM participants who impose coercion and threat to current in-service personnel.
The Council members discussed significant topics, including exposing and taking action against corruption committed beyond the authority not in line with the constitution, effective action to be taken against those who admit terrorists and supporters, the sufficiency of cooking oil in Rakhine State, the continuation of Hteekhee industrial zone, formation of medial development body, and review on implementation of the hydropower project.
Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dwe reported on the designation of public holidays and change of financial year together with Council Members U Thein Nyunt, Dr Banyar Aung Moe and Daw Aye Nu Sein.
In his response, the Senior General said it is necessary to consider the designation of office holidays for the people for the sake of the State, not to cause the loss for employers and employees. The financial year should be set in conformity with the country.
Cases of bribery and corruption will be scrutinized to take action against the offenders. Effective punishment will be sentenced in terror cases for ensuring the rule of law. Action will be taken against CDM participants who impose coercion and threat to current in-service personnel. Those are required to inform the officials about intimidation and threats.
The Senior General stressed the need to extend the cultivation of edible crops to ensure local oil sufficiency. These crops must be milled under modern technologies.
The Senior General expressed his attitude that fuel-fired power generation will not be encouraged in regions and states for meeting the electricity demand. Electricity must be generated from renewable energy to electrify the states on priority fully. The government is cooperating with the private sector in the flow of information so as to speed up the media response.
The Senior General then highlighted cultivation of cotton, local industries and small scale industries in regions and states, guarantee for the athletes who brought the prestige to the State, and public cooperation in taking security measures at schools. —MNA