Inclusiveness of natural disaster law discussed

Union Minister Dr.Win Myat Aye addresses a meeting to amend the Natural Disaster Management Law. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr.Win Myat Aye addresses a meeting to amend the Natural Disaster Management Law. Photo: MNA

A workshop in Nay Pyi Taw sought initial means to make the law and bylaws on natural disasters more comprehensive through amendments on 8 and 9 this month.
Speaking on the second day of the meeting, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (SWRR) Dr Win Myat Aye spoke of the need to consider adding man-made disasters, apart from the ones triggered by the force of nature, in the amended law.
“The work of amending the Natural Disaster Management Law may also need the assessment and adjustment of some of the existing orders and the adoption of a new legal name,” he recommended.
“The law should serve and protect the interests of the people,” he said, adding, “provisions on the punishments in connection with the offences and disobedience of the law must be stipulated clearly.”
“We must listen to the public voices and suggestions of the people’s representatives in amending the law and bylaws,” he said, saying, “the law should support the State’s endeavours for the rule of law, socio-economic development, national reconciliation and peace and the establishment of a federal democratic state.”
“Legally, humanitarian aid comes from the funds contributed by the people themselves,” he noted.
The SWRR deputy minister suggested the use of terms that are clear and comprehensible to the people.
Apart from the Union Minister and the deputy minister, departmental personnel, officials of USAID/USFS and representatives of Myanmar Disaster Risk Reduction Work Group and Myanmar Red Cross Society took part in the discussions.—MNA

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