The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its tenth-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning. At the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were raised and answered, two reports read and Hluttaw’s decision obtained and a motion discussed.
At the meeting, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe answered to a question posed by Dr. Khin Maung Win of Taninthayi Region constituency 11 on plan to conduct major repair and upgrade of Taninthayi Region Kawthoung District People’s Hospital from 100-bed to 200-bed hospital. The Union Minister explained that the hospital only has 101 hospital personnel out of the full strength of 201. To upgrade to a 200-bed hospital, it would need at least 594 hospital personnel and the ministry do not have such number of personnel, and thus at the moment it couldn’t be upgraded. As for the major repair, the proposal submitted was incorrect and thus fund couldn’t be allocated despite the major repair being planned. It will be arranged in fiscal year 2018-2019, said the Union Minister. At the moment, a single six-apartment three storey staff house costing Ks 640 million is being constructed and another four-apartment four storey staff house costing Ks 568 million is being planned, added the Union Minister.
U Saw Chit Oo of Kayin State constituency 3 then asked about plans to construct a stadium stand, fence and a retaining wall for Zwe Mann Sports Ground in Kayin State, Hlaingbwe Township. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe answered that the construction of the sports ground was completed on 31 March 2018 in fiscal year 2017-2018 with Ks 90 million provided from Kayin State government fund. But fund for 2,700 ft. outer fence work and 1,800 ft. inner fence work was not allocated. The state government will include the fund for a stadium stand, fence and retaining wall in fiscal year 2019-2020, and if the state government is unable to, the Union Government will provide part of the fund required, said the Union Minister.
A question raised by Dr. Lin Wai Phyo Latt of Taninthayi Region constituency 5 was also answered by Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe.
Hluttaw decides on reports read
Next, Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee members read reports on an amendment to a law and a bill after which Hluttaw’s decision was obtained.
Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member Dr. Myo Aung first read the committee’s report on the second amendment to the Protection of the Farmer Rights and Enhancement of their Benefits Law sent with amendments by Pyithu Hluttaw. Bill Committee member explained that the amendment suggested by U Kyi Win of the Ayeyawady Region constituency 12 was to confiscate farmlands as state owned and then re-distribute, but this process is outdated and not appropriate for the present time, situation and the market economy norms and thus not required to be amended. As the committee had discussed in detail with Amyotha Hluttaw representatives who debated the draft law (amendments), Amyotha Hluttaw Farmers Affairs Committee, Amyotha Hlutaw Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery Development Committee, relevant ministries, officials from Union Attorney General Office and experts from Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission, the Hluttaw is suggested to decide and approve the law with original amendments submitted by the committee and additional amendments presently proposed.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and approved the draft law.
Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member Daw Ohn Kyi then read and explained the committee’s report on International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University Bill sent with amendments by Pyithu Hluttaw. Here, too, the Bill Committee member explained that an amendment discussed and suggested by U Tin Aung Tun of Magway Region constituency 5 was not clear and concise and thus shouldn’t be amended. The committee also had discussed in detail with Amyotha Hluttaw representatives who debated the bill, relevant ministries, officials from Union Attorney General Office and experts from Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission, and the Hluttaw is suggested to decide and approve the bill with original amendments submitted by the committee and additional amendments presently proposed.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than again obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and approved the bill.
Hluttaw debates a motion
Afterwards, a motion tabled by U Myo Win of Mon State constituency 8 urging the government to control and manage the management committee, development committee and farmland management committee to ensure that there is no corruption, because plots were formed on many farms and plantation lands and sold off illegally, causing losses of farms and plantation lands and lands set aside for expansion of towns and villages were also lost in a similar manner, was discussed by U Kyaw Swe of Magway Region constituency 11, U Aye Min Han of Mon State constituency 1, U Nyi Sein of Shan State constituency 5, U Myint Naing of Rakhine State constituency 5 and U Maung Maung Latt of Sagaing Region constituency 9.
The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session will hold its eleventh-day meeting on 21 August, it is learnt.
By Aung Ye Thwin (MNA)