The Land Use Management Central Committee of the government and the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Land Confiscation Investigation Commission held a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday to seek ways to improve the settlement of land confiscation disputes.
A total of 186 governmental departments concerned with land confiscations and 11 groups of the parliamentary investigation commission took part in separate meetings in an attempt to speed up the settlement of land confiscation issues.
Vice-President U Nyan Tun, the chairman of the Land Use Management Central Committee, blamed the country’s current land confiscation problems on weaknesses of the rules related to land acquisition and land use laws, as well as insufficient coordination between authorities related to land management.
A lack of accurate statistics and maps had also caused land disputes, including those involving landless and squatters, between the authorities and the people, the Vice-President said.
Vice-president U Nyan Tun has also called for reforms in the land management sector to be able to get a stronger land management system. Land confiscation issues happened during the time of the previous government because the authorities at lower level turned a blind eye to the law, said a Member of Parliament and is also a member of the parliamentary investigation commission, quoting the Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann and the Chairman of the investigation commission.
The Land Use Management Central Committee has handled 6445 cases included in seven parts out of the 10-part report of the investigation commission said Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint, the Secretary of the committee. So far, more than 300,000 acres of land in total have been returned to farmers he added.
Currently, the parliamentary land confiscation investigation commission is working as a negotiator in conformity with the 1984 Land Acquisition Act between the government and those whose land has been confiscated, a source said.