QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Parliament approves reorganisation of ministries

President-elect U Htin Kyaw clarifies his proposal for reorganization of ministries as well as number of union ministers at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday. Photo: MNA
President-elect U Htin Kyaw clarifies his proposal for reorganization of ministries as well as number of union ministers at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday. Photo: MNA

THE tenth day of the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s first regular session was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with parliamentarians approving the proposal for 18 Union ministers and 21 ministries submitted by President-elect U Htin Kyaw.
The outgoing government has 36 ministries and several more ministers.
Before seeking parliamentary approval, the president-elect explained his proposed ministries and assured civil servants working for soon-to-be-abolished ministries that the government will ensure their job security through an appropriate transfer policy.
He guaranteed that civil servants will not be unemployed as long as they comply with rules and regulations.
The president-elect justified the discontinuation of several ministries by saying expenditures and delays in project implementation could be eliminated by reducing the number of ministries and ministers.
“By reducing expenses and ministers’ salaries, the country will be able to save about K5 billion over the next five years,” said President-elect Htin Kyaw, adding that staying on a thrifty budget is imperative for lifting Myanmar out of the list of Least Developed Countries.
“In this way, the country will save about K5 billion for the needy sectors of education, health and rural development,” he said.
He highlighted the importance of ensuring quality rather than quantity in government, a corruption-free society, prudent use of public revenues and an efficient and effective government.
The number of the Union ministries and their names and the number of the Union ministers were approved by a majority of parliamentarians, including the renaming of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs as the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.
President-elect U Htin Kyaw will submit his nominations for ministerial positions to the parliament at todays’ session.—Myanmar News Agency

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