By Khin Maung Oo
In building up the nation collaboratively, we need those who would like to work in the interest of the public more than the ones who work for their own personal interest. In undertaking rehabilitation and resettlement works for the nation simultaneously, the country needs a myriad of people who will contribute much labor for the public by taking only a meager amount of benefits more than the kind of people who will run their related business by taking much profit for their own sake.
Here, public interest means the works needed to be done for the public urgently, essentially and continually. For example, health-care, social affairs, transportation and conservation of natural environment matters are the works to be prioritized. In carrying out these kinds of works, two kinds of people are found—those desirous of working completely for people’s sake and the ones who work satisfactorily of their own accord by taking a small amount for their personal benefit, in the interest of the country. In countries in the region, labor of volunteers is found to have been utilized as a priority in the conservation of urban areas and the natural environment.
What our country currently needs is the conservation of urban areas and the natural environment. The task can be said to be more likely to be connected with volunteers, more than the governmental staff. In China, labor of volunteers who live on daily-wages is being utilized in implementing conversation and greening the environment initiatives, with the task of conserving the urban areas being carried out by the aged, pensioners and the unemployed.
In Myanmar’s rural areas we can find a great number of unemployed who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. They do not know from where their next meal is coming from. Provided that they can be systematically employed as daily-wage volunteers for conservation of the natural environment, it will be surely beneficial for the country and these poor unemployed people, a two-in-one benefit—helping the poor and the environment at the same time. If governmental staff and volunteer daily-wagers are employed at the ratio of 1:2, the task can be broadly implemented across the nation. Salaried staff will manage the task while volunteer daily-wagers will do the practical work by taking small amounts of money.
Starting from the current financial year, it has been learnt that reforestation—the project for conserving the natural environment will be launched across the nation. The task of protecting the natural environment is daunting as forests cover the vast land of the nation. It is therefore difficult to effectively conserve the whole area with existing staff. If government staff and volunteer daily-wagers are allowed to work collectively as soon as possible, the proposed “two-in-one project”—creation of jobs and greening the country could become a huge success. In this way Myanmar could come to be known as a “green valley” in the South-east Asian region.
By Khin Maung Oo