Pyithu Hluttaw convenes 4th day meeting of 15th regular session

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat. Photo: MNA
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat. Photo: MNA

Pyithu Hluttaw held the 4th day meeting of 15th regular session yesterday.
MP U Sai Tun Aye from Mongshu constituency asked about enforcing arm acts in Shan State and drafting such new laws that can cover the entire country.
Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Thu replied the Arms Act (1878) came into effect on 1 October in 1878 in Taunggyi, Kalaw, Lashio, Thipaw, Aungpan, Nyaungshwe, Loilem, Kyaukme, Panglong, Mongnai, Kengtung municipal areas under its Act No. 246, land areas of Myanma Railways and Loimwe.
Under the Kachin Hill Tribe Regulation1895, the Arms Act covered local tribes living in Lashio district, northern Hsenwi and Mongmit areas.
The Shan States Arms Order also started to apply on 1 September 1924 in 39 townships which have not been included in the list of 11 townships covered by the Arms Act (1878).
Firearm cases in these 11 townships were handled by the Arms Act (1878), those cases in the remaining 39 townships were solved by the Shan States Arms Order.
Stealing, conspiracy to such crime or selling out state-owned or private-licensed firearms or ammunition in the entire Shan State are applied by the Arms (Temporary Amendment)Act 1949. Accumulation of big arms and ammunitions with the intentions of high treason would be charged with the Arms (Temporary Amendment)Act 1951.
The Deputy Minister added the existing arm laws and orders are appropriate with the prevailing situations, the Myanmar Police Force is drafting a better arms law that can cover the entire country.
MP U Win Min from Hlinethaya constituency asked about placing a station police post in Shwelinban Industrial Zone in his constituency.
Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Thu replied that it will be implemented in accordance with regulations.
MP Daw Aye Aye Mu (a) Daw Sha Mee from Kalay constituency asked about plans for restoration of degraded agricultural lands and irrigation canals in her constituency.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw answered the Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department will implement these projects with the Union budget and funds for regional government.
MP U Khin Maung Thein from Sagaing constituency asked for household water supply for Sataung town in his constituency by developing Theinchaung creek into a reservoir.
Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied that there is no development fund for this project so far, and that the ministry will conduct feasibility study for it. Based on the results, the funds would be allocated through the budget of Sagaing Region government, and the ministry will provide technical assistance in implementing the project. U Lagan Zal Joine from Waingmaw constituency asked about issuing farmland permits in three villages and one residential ward in his constituency. Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied the permits have been issued to a total of 9,308 acres of land. Out of remaining 4,904 acres, some 4,860 acres have been designated for project zone in 2013.
From these 4,860 acres, the previous Kachin State government has given some 1,000 acres to the local farmers. And that the Kachin State government has remarked the remaining, 3,860 acres should be kept for the project area. However, about 40 acres which are not included in the project area will be managed by the local administrators to issue permits.
Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Thu replied the question of Dr Zaw Win Myint from Singu Township about amending or annulment of the Arms Act 1878.
Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw answered the question of MP U Win Win from Minbu constituency about seeking approval from locals when farmland permits in Pantaung village of his constituency are applied by the non-native people. Member of Bill Committee U Zaw Win tabled a motion for 135 amendments in the Microfinance Bill submitted by the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Banking and Financial Development Committee. The Hluttaw approved the amendments with the consent of the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry. Tatmadaw representative Lt-Col Htin Lin Oo and the Bill Committee tabled their amendment motions to article 58 of the bill, the proposals were approved with the agreement of the Ministry. The Pyithu Hluttaw then unanimously approved all the amended articles and sub-articles of the bill.
The 5th day meeting of Pyithu Hluttaw will be held on 7 February.—Aye Aye Thant (MNA) (Translated by Aung Khin)

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