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First meeting of 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw’s 10th regular session held

Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.  Photo: MNA
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.  Photo: MNA

The first meeting of the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw’s tenth regular session was held at 10 a.m. yesterday at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall. Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than delivered the welcoming message and swore in new representatives.
During the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, a report was read, and a Bill was also discussed.
In his message, the Speaker said that he believed that all Amyotha Hluttaw representatives had conducted field studies to understand the voice of the people in their respective constituencies. “So, we believe all representatives will listen to the desires and needs of the people and make efforts to ask questions, put forward motions, make laws in accordance with respective committee-wise procedures, and set Bills, laws, bylaws, rules, and regulations,” he said.
The Speaker wished all Hluttaw representatives good health, wealth, and prosperity so they can serve the interests of the country and the people better.
Afterwards, U Kyaw Kyaw Win of Rakhine State constituency 8 asked about plans for constructing the Wet-Kyein Bridge between Kyee Kan Pyin-Kyein Chaung, Aungthabye-Bandoola roads in Maung Taw, Tamanthar bridge, Letyarchaung bridge, Longboat bridge, Harlartatphar bridge, Arzarbaw bridge, Mar zee bridge, Padakardawanali bridge, Kyaung Nabay Bridge, and Bridge No. (1/1).
To this query, the Deputy Minister for Construction, U Kyaw Lin, replied that the Ministry had proposed the allotment of development funds from Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Rakhine State for the bridge projects. Depending on the availability of the funds, the Ministry will carry out construction on the bridge projects in Maungtaw- Kyee Kan Pyin – Kyein Chaung – Aungthabye – Bandoola roads on priority, starting from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year, the minister added.
Daw Htu May of Rakhine State constituency 11 asked if the government plans to upgrade the roads in Yanbye – Lay Taung Thabye Seik in Rakhine State, to make them suitable to drive the whole year through.
To this, the Deputy Minister for Construction replied that the Ministry will coordinate with the Union Government to implement the road projects, although the portions in question were under the management of the State government. Currently, plans are under way to upgrade earth roads to laterite roads to become all-weather roads. Daw Thiri Yadana of Mon State constituency 12 asked if there were plans to upgrade the Bilin Bridge in Thaton District of Mon State. The Deputy Minister replied that plans were under way to construct a new bridge beside the existing bridge, to improve the transport system in Mon State. That project was listed in the Regional Infrastructure Improvement Project together with JICA ODA Loan Phase III, and construction on the new bridge will begin in the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year, he said.
Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin also replied to questions raised by U Kyaw Kyaw of Rakhine State constituency 4 and U Tin Aung Tun of Magway Region constituency 5 during the session.
Afterwards, Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Soe Moe clarified the Gambling bill 2018 approved by the Pyithu Hluttaw. He also read out the report of the Bill Committee for discussion at the Amyotha Hluttaw.
Then, the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker asked Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill to enrol their names.
U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 joined the discussion on the Bill amending the Bar Council Act submitted by U Soe Moe of Ayeyawaddy Region constituency 1. The second-day meeting of the second Amyotha Hluttaw’s tenth regular session will continue on 13 November. — Aung Ye Thwin (Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)

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