Pyithu Hluttaw discusses Myanmar Police Force, passport services

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Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint. Photo: MNA

The seventh session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw held its 18th-day meeting yesterday morning, where five questions related to the Ministry of Home Affairs were answered by Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe and a report on a bill was submitted.
Replying to a question posed by U Bo Gyi of Chauk constituency on the plan to manage the Myanmar Police Force in the matter related to the issuing of court summons and to research (review) the summons method, Maj-Gen Aung Soe said the Myanmar Police Force was cooperating with relevant departments to issue summons to witnesses, so that they show up to court in time, while the Myanmar Police Force was being managed in a manner to ensure witnesses do not fail to appear in court.
Daw Myint Myint Soe @ Daw May Soe of Botahtaung constituency asked about the arrangements being made to ease the process of passport application. Maj-Gen Aung Soe said that from July 2012, a branch of the passport office was opened in Mandalay, while earlier, the Yangon office was the only place where passport services were available.
For the benefit of passport applicants, some 15 more branch offices were opened in Nay Pyi Taw and major towns in the states/regions from January 2014.
The requirements for education clearance, income tax Form 19 and recommendation from organisations were also removed, while the requirement for monks and nuns to provide a recommendation letter from the ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture was relaxed, and only a recommendation letter from the township Sangha Nayaka committee was needed.
As the biometric system is being used, individuals need some time to apply for a passport. To reduce the waiting time, the immigration department had increased its counters from seven to 12, and combined groups, including the Myanmar Police Force, are making sure there are no cases of applicants being cheated of money, replied the deputy minister.
In response to a question put forth by Daw San San Ei of Mohnyin constituency on extending and opening more methadone clinics and rehabilitation centres in Mohnyin Township, Maj-Gen Aung Soe said the Ministry of Health and Sports had opened 15 methadone clinics in Kachin State and Mohnyin District. The Mohnyin People’s Hospital and Hopin People’s Hospital each have a methadone clinic. The authorities are coordinating to open methadone clinics in Nuntmun and Namma station hospitals for patients taking methadone medication from Mohnyin People’s Hospital and Hopin People’s Hospital. Arrangements are underway to set up community-based rehabilitation centres in Myitkyina Town and Tanai Town, replied the deputy minister.
The rehabilitation centres in Myitkyina Town will provide community-based rehabilitation training, and thus, there is no plan to open rehabilitation centres in Mohnyin Township yet, added the deputy minister.
A question by U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon constituency on constructing the Myanmar Police Force head of township
office, police stations and police posts in Kyaunggon Township and a question by Dr. U Myint Thein of Nyaunglebin constituency on the plan to open a sub fire station in Nyaunglebin Township were also answered by Maj-Gen Aung Soe.
The Hluttaw was then informed of the receipt of the science, technology and innnovation bill, confirmed with an amendment and sent by the Amyotha Hluttaw, while the bill committee report was read and explained by committee member U Nay Myo Tun.


Kyaw Thu Htet

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