Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses national budget

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Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The 21st-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The MPs discussed the review (5/2018) by the Public Accounts Joint Committee on the report by the office of the Auditor General of the Union on the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s development fund for the 2016-2017 financial year (FY).
Auditor General of the Union U Maw Than replied to the MPs’ questions on the policies, managerial process and the auditor general’s office work on the report.
Concerning the unused funds, the Auditor General said the Kachin State government had returned Ks4.9 million on 23 March 2018, which was to be used for constructing a pre-primary school in Sunpwarbun Township in Kachin State, but the project did not go through. In the Yangon Region, a retaining wall was constructed in Twantay Township on 13 March according to the plan, he added.
U Oo Htun Maung of Ponnagyun Constituency suggested that township auditors should conduct field checks to determine the status of ongoing projects. The Auditor General replied that field checks cannot be conducted in distant or remote areas and in areas without security, and thus checks are conducted with photographic evidence. Otherwise, township auditors are instructed to conduct field checks.
The Auditor General said the Central Development Committee will continue its work according to the Development Fund Law but will simultaneously review which townships need higher budgets and allot funds accordingly, instead of allotting Ks100 million to each township equally.
The Auditor General said it is important for everyone to follow the permitted businesses in the 2017-2018 FY and budget rules and regulations as well. He said some 18 townships had submitted project completion reports but one of them had submitted alterations to their original project plans. He said these townships need to re-submit the reports detailing the alterations, in accordance with the Development Fund Law.
U Bo Gyi of Chauk Constituency then motioned for the Hluttaw to approve the (5/2018) review by the Public Accounts Joint Committee. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker then announced the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw had approved the review.
The 22nd-day meeting of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will continue on 30 March.


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