Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session concludes

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Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than. Photo: MNA

The 19th-day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session was held yesterday morning at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall where replacement and appointment of chairmen, secretaries and members of Amyotha Hluttaw committees were made, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, receipt of a bill announced, a report read, a report on motions and questions submitted at Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session discussed and approved and Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than explained about works conducted in the ninth regular session.

Replacement and appointment of Hluttaw committee chairmen, secretaries and members
First, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker submitted to the Hluttaw the replacement and appointment of Amyotha Hluttaw committee chairmen, secretaries and members and obtained the confirmation of the Hluttaw.

Asterisk-marked questions
In the asterisk-marked question session that followed questions posed by U Kyaw Kyaw of Rakhine State constituency 4, U Min Naing of Sagaing Region constituency 12, U Myint Naing of Rakhine State constituency 5, Daw Nang Moe Moe Htwe of Kayin State constituency 4, U Zaw Hein of Taninthayi Region constituency 7 and Daw Ma Ma Lay of Shan State constituency 8, the questions were answered by Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw and Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing.

Receipt of second amendment bill to the Settlement of Labour Dispute Law
After the asterisk-marked question session, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced the receipt of second amendment bill to the Settlement of Labour Dispute Law, approved by Amyotha Hluttaw that was returned from Pyithu Hluttaw with amendment. Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced further for Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the matter to enroll their names.

Report on bill amending Bar Council Act read
Next, Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Aung Thein read and explained the committee’s report on the bill amending the Bar Council Act and Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced for Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the report to register their names.

Hluttaw discuss and approve report on motions and questions
Afterwards a report by Amyotha Hluttaw Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee on motions and questions submitted at Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session was discussed by U Myint Naing of Rakhine State constituency 5, U Hla San of Magway Region constituency 1, Dr. San Maung Maung of Bago Region constituency 1, U Khin Myo Win of the Taninthayi Region constituency 12, Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State constituency 11, U Khin Win of Magway Region constituency 2 and U Zaw Hein of Taninthayi Region constituency 7.

 

After the discussion, Amyotha Hluttaw Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee Chairman U Thein Swe tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to accept and approve the committee report on motions and questions submitted at Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session and the Hluttaw accepted and approved the report.

Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker summarizes Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session
Following this, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker summarized Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held from 23 July to 18 September 2018.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker said 87 asterisk- marked questions and 154 non-asterisk-marked questions were raised by Hluttaw representatives for the benefit of the people and members of union level organisations replied to the questions verbally and in writing in the Hluttaw.
Of the motions tabled, a motion by U Myo Win of Mon State constituency 8 urging the Union Government to quickly address the issue of unlawful forming and selling of gardens which contribute to the rapid decrease in agricultural lands and the potential loss of useable land left behind in urban and rural areas as a result of corrupted practices in the relevant administration committee, municipal, committee and farmland management committee, was discussed by Hluttaw representatives, discussed and explained by members of union level organisations and approved.
Motions on Major Bridge bill and Boundary Measurement and Demarcation Bill were tabled to the Hluttaw for discussion, Bill Committee reports read and submitted, Hluttaw representatives debated the bills, Hluttaw approved the bills and sent it to the Pyithu Hluttaw. A bill to amend the Myanmar Accountancy Council Law-tabled at Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session, was approved as amended by the Bill Committee and sent to Pyithu Hluttaw.
Of the bills discussed, approved and sent to Pyithu Hluttaw, bill amending the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (2017) was returned from Pyithu Hluttaw with amendments.
As the two Hluttaws were in disagreement on this bill, it was sent to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for discussion. The bill was signed by the President as a law and was enacted as 2018 Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 24.
Myanmar Travel Bill sent with amendments by Pyithu Hluttaw was approved by Amyotha Hluttaw as amended. The bill was signed by the President as a law and was enacted as 2018 Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 26.
Hluttaw was informed about the receipt of 2017 Myanmar Gemstone Bill, Literature and Art Copyright Bill and second amendment bill to the Settlement of Labour Dispute Law sent by Pyithu Hluttaw, and Hluttaw representatives were asked to enroll their names to discuss the bills.
Of the bills discussed, approved and sent to Amyotha Hluttaw by Pyithu Hluttaw, the Second Bill amending the Myanma Pearl Law and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill were included.
Of the bills discussed, approved and sent to Amyotha Hluttaw by Pyithu Hluttaw, reports of Bill Committee were read and submitted, Hluttaw representatives discussed, decided, approved with amendments the Second Bill amending the Myanma Pearl Law and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill and returned to Pyithu Hluttaw.
A report on second amendment bill of Protection of the Farmers’ Rights and Enhancement of their Benefits Law debated in Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session was reread, decided, approved with amendment and sent to Pyithu Hluttaw.
Bill Committee reports on Theravada Buddhist Missionary University Bill and Traditional Medical Council Bill were read and submitted to Second
Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session and Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill were asked to register their names. In this session, Hluttaw representatives discussed, decided, approved with amendments and sent to Pyithu Hluttaw.
Of the bills submitted by Hluttaw representatives, Amyotha Hluttaw bill committee report on 2017 Land Confiscation Bill tabled by U Ba Myo Thein of Yangon Region constituency 5, who is also Chairperson of the Committee for Farmers’ Affairs was discussed, decided, approved with amendments by Hluttaw representatives and sent to Pyithu Hluttaw.
A second amendment bill of the Penal Code was tabled by U Aung Thein of Bago Region constituency 12, bill committee report read and discussed by Hluttaw representatives and discussions were sent to the bill committee.
U Soe Moe of Ayeyawady Region constituency 1 tabled a bill amending the Bar Council Act, bill committee report read and Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill were asked to register their names.
With regards to rules, Myanmar Mine Rules sent with amendments by Pyithu Hluttaw was discussed, decided, approved with amendment and returned to Pyithu Hluttaw.
On reports, Amyotha Hluttaw Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee report on motions and questions submitted at
Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session was read and submitted to the Hluttaw and Hluttaw representatives discussed and suggested on the report, and the Hluttaw approved the report.
While the Hluttaw was in session, Amyotha Hluttaw committees
conducted a total of 118 committee meetings while research, public and international relations department had published 3 short papers, responded to 86 matters raised by 73 Hluttaw representatives, with only 15 matters left to be responded.
After wishing the Hluttaw representatives a pleasant journey back to their constituencies
and to serve their constituents, people, region and the
country increasingly, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced the successful conclusion of Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session.

 

By Aung Ye Thwin (MNA)

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