Pyithu Hluttaw raises questions on land disputes

Untitled-1Nay Pyi Taw, 12 June — Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Kyaw Nyunt responded to questions on land disputes at the Pyithu Hluttaw session on Friday.
Representative U Khin Maung Nyo of Pauk Constituency raised questions on land confiscated for a factory of the Ministry of Defence. He requested the ministry pay decent compensation to land owners, relocate posts on the land, and allow farmers to grow crops on vacant land.
The deputy minister said that a total of 3,390 acres of land were confiscated for construction of a factory for defence industry in Pauk Township and compensation of K17.4 million was paid to land owners in 2011.
He also added that peasants are allowed to grow crops in places where security of the factory cannot be breached, while posts will not be relocated, as they have been erected in the correct places.
Representative U Zaw Tun of Moemauk Constituency asked whether the ministry has plans to release 67 acres of land owned by 12 farmers in his
constituency.
The deputy minister said the land was confiscated for an artillery regiment and families of the regiment are working on the land at present.
However, the land is too close to military facilities and cannot be returned to former land owners, the deputy minister added.
Representative U Ye Tun of Hsipaw Constituency raised a question about 40 acres of land confiscated by a battalion in his constituency. The deputy minister said the land will be released to the former owners.
The Pyithu Hluttaw approved the bill for television and radio broadcasting sent back by the Amyotha Hluttaw. —MNA

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