Union-level officials reply to questions on land use, rock extraction, drug abuse, education
During the 17th-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw held at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall of the Hluttaw Building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, asterisk-marked questions were answered, a report read and a bill approved.
Local residents in Hmawby approved for housing
U Pe Chit of Yangon Region constituency 9 raised a question asking whether any solutions can be found for the issues faced by U Thein Aye and the 55 households concerning the 140 acres of land in Baygone Ohnchan, Padtan Village-tract, Hmawby Township in the Northern Yangon District.
Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Thu replied that his ministry has already approved that 40 acres of the land is used for housing by U Thein Aye and the 55 households, after a field inspection from the Hmawby General Administration Department confirmed 40 acres are used for housing while the rest are used for farming. In addition, the rural farmland administration group only opened a lawsuit, in accordance with protocol, to revoke the grazing land status of the 40 acres used for housing. He said the ministry is working to ensure the Yangon Region General Administration Department can officially approve of this, in accordance with Section 68 of the Land and Revenue Act.
Illegal stone extractions will be prosecuted
U Khin Win of Magway Region constituency 2 raised a question asking whether any measures will be taken to regulate the unrestricted extraction of stone from parts of the Ayeyawady River flowing near Pakokku, Chauk, Yenangyoung, and Sinbaungwe townships in Magway Region.
Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Thu replied that the extraction projects conducted in the country are carefully documented to be in accordance with the law, and any violation will be handled with according to the law as well.
Remedying drug abuse with rehab, policy
U Tun Tun Oo of Mandalay Region constituency 2 raised a question asking whether there are any strategic plans to combat the proliferation of cheap and illegal Yaba stimulant tablets throughout the country.
Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Thu replied that a new drug policy has been implemented to not only eradicate drugs, but also to provide healing, rehabilitation, and alternative development or business opportunities to people. He said students and young people are being warned about the consequences of drug abuse through education programs, pamphlets, news and media outlets, and other educational programs throughout the Nay Pyi Taw Council and states and regions. He said the Anti-Narcotics Task Force and the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department are both contributing towards drug eradication. He added that international cooperation, research and implementation of the drug policy are being carried out to tackle this issue.
Procedures for ensuring optimal education
Naw Chris Tun (a) Dr. Arrkar Moe from Kayin State constituency 7 raised a question asking what procedures and techniques are used in forming school administration associations, determining school operations, appointing and promoting faculty in vocational institutes.
Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi replied that an independent committee was formed consisting of various professors on 6 April 2018, in accordance with Section 27 of the National Education Law to consult colleges and universities in designing and implementing agreements relevant to their institutions, as well as their institutions’ development.
He said they are encouraging the formation of student councils and other associations to steer the development of institutions and ensure a bright future for students, while the appointing and promoting of teaching staff and faculty is carried out in accordance with the Civil Services Personnel Law and bylaws.
Similarly, Union Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin answered to questions raised by U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 and U Zon Hle Htan of Chin State constituency 4.
Assembly reads two bills, discusses one
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that the Pyithu Hluttaw has sent back with amendments the Literature and Art Copyright Bill that the Amyotha Hluttaw has approved of. He called for MPs interested in discussing the bill to enroll their names.
Next, Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member Brig-Gen Tint Lwin read the committee’s report on the Large-Sized Bridge Bill.
The Speaker then called for the Hluttaw’s approval on each paragraph of the bill.
Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin tabled for the bill to be approved and was seconded by U Mya Min Swe of Magway Region constituency 9.
The Speaker then called for the deliberation of the Hluttaw and soon announced the Hluttaw has approved the bill.
Afterwards, U Theim Swe, Chairman of the Amyotha Hluttaw Government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertaking Vetting Committee, and committee member U Phyay Ye (a) Myint Than Tun read and submitted to the assembly the committee’s report on the proposals and questions submitted during the eighth regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw.
The Speaker then called for MPs interested in discussing the report to enroll their names.
The 18th-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 17 September.
Aung Ye Thwin