The 11th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw was held yesterday morning in the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall, where questions were raised and answered, a motion tabled and the amendments to a bill amending the Caste Disabilities Removal Act was confirmed.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied to a question by U Khin Maung Latt of Myanaung constituency on the plan to install sluice gates at the 26 mile 3 furlong point of the Ayeyarwady embankment in Myanaung Township to discharge rainwater from the fields into the Ayeyawady river. The deputy minister said studies and measurements were being conducted on matters such as the water level of the Ayeyarwady river, elevation of the fields from which the rainwater is discharged into the river, distance between the embankment and the river, and the possibility of embankment erosion due to the construction of sluice gates.
At the highest water-level mark of the river, the water level is higher than the field’s elevation making it impossible to discharge water from the field into the river, while the distance between the embankment and the river is only 1,000 feet, increasing the chances of embankment erosion with the installation of sluice gates.
The main channel for water drainage in the area is the Ma Mya creek, which is full of silt, so arrangements are being made to dredge the creek and improve the drainage of rainwater into the creek, replied the deputy minister. Next, Daw Ni Ni May Myint of Taungup constituency raised a question on the kind of actions being planned for housing projects and the new town project that were developed without transparency and which are not in accordance with the rules and regulations. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said that the development of a new town project and a housing project in it for Taungup Town was found to have been permitted in principle by the (Rakhine) state government in 2014.
Htawara Aung Myay Company was designated as the developer, and the company had purchased farmlands in the planned new town project from farmers through mutual agreement. It had applied to use the farmland, as well as vacant and fallow lands, totalling 123.2 acres for other purposes. The designation of the land as a new ward for the town will be conducted according to the rules and regulations of the state government, explained the deputy minister.
Permission to use the farmlands as a new ward will be based on the assessment of the state farm land management group, led by the Rakhine State Chief Minister as the chairman, and as per the designation of the Central Farm Land Management Body, according to (relevant) laws.
Similarly, the application to use vacant and fallow lands in the new town project will be assessed by the (Rakhine) state vacant, fallow and virgin land management committee, led by the Rakhine Chief Minister as chairman, and as per the decision of the central committee for the management of vacant, fallow and virgin land, said the deputy minister.
Responding to a question posed by Dr. U Lin Lin Kyaw of Myittha constituency on the plan by the department of agriculture to release a plot of land owned by the department in Myittha Town, where there are only dilapidated warehouses, so that the land can be used to build offices for five government departments that did not have any land in the town, Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw said the 8.253 acres, owned by the department of agriculture in Myittha Town, Butar Ward, housed three 100 x 60 x 15-cubic-foot warehouses, one 70 x 30 x 15-cubic-foot warehouse, a factory building and 25 shops that have been paying rent to the government. Behind the shops is empty land, measuring 275 x 200 square feet, or 1.26 acres, on which the five government departments can construct an office building, and this land can be released, said the deputy minister.
If the Mandalay regional government sends their request for land requirement for the five government departments, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation can release the land, according to the rules and regulation, added the deputy minister. U Hla Kyaw also responded to questions raised by U Sai Ngaung Hsiang Hein of Maukmai constituency, Daw Thandar of Einme constituency, Daw Mi Kun Chan of Paung constituency and U Tin Hla of Danubyu constituency. A motion urging the government to increase the momentum to establish one-acre plots for the rapid implementation and success of a mechanised farming system was then tabled by Dr. Daw Khin Soe Soe Kyi of Pyay constituency and supported by Daw Ni Ni May Myint of Taungup constituency.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint requested the Hluttaw representatives to enrol their names to discuss the motion. Later, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint took the consensus of the Hluttaw on confirming the amendments to the bill amending the Caste Disabilities Removal Act and announced the approval of the Hluttaw, according to the report of the bill committee. The Pyithu Hluttaw speaker added in his announcement that the matter would be followed up according to the Pyithu Hluttaw’s rules.
The 12th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw is scheduled for 5 February.