The twelfth-day meeting of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session was held yesterday morning at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall. In the meeting asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, two reports read, a bill tabled and a motion discussed.
In the first question of the day, U Naing Ko Ko of Kachin State constituency 12 said Kachin State Hluttaw had conducted a field inspection on Chinese tissue culture banana plantations and found that the plantations were planting in excess of the permitted 40,000 acres, resulting in loss of tax revenue in billions to the country. He posed a question on what sort of action the relevant ministry has taken on this matter. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that an advance tax of 2 percent was collected in Myitkyina Township tax offices for tissue culture bananas exported through border gates. The state government had formed a team to investigate planting of tissue culture bananas without permission and to ensure that all is done according to the law, said the Deputy Minister.
The second question was raised by U Khin Maung Latt of Rakhine State constituency 3, and he asked if there is any plan to take action against prawn/shrimp ponds in Yathedaung Township, Rakhine State, that are blocking the two water discharge pipes of Panzinmaw embankment. Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied that the farmer embankment is managed by local management committee and as per 2012 ward/village tract administration rule of Ministry of Home Affairs, the ward/village tract administrators are to prevent the blockade of water gates and discharge pipes and action is to be taken against anyone who violate the prohibition. Rakhine State government will be informed about removing the prawn/shrimp ponds that are blocking the water discharge pipes, and action will be taken according to prevailing law if the blockage continues, said the Deputy Minister.
Finally Dr. Zaw Lin Htut of Mon State constituency 9 asked if there is a plan to upgrade state Agriculture Institute (Thaton) into lower Myanmar agricultural college or university. Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied that more Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) are required and technical and vocation sector will be promoted in an increasing momentum. Along the China-Myanmar economic corridor, agriculture higher education and TVET programs were conducted in cooperation, agriculture institutes are upgraded to regional agriculture colleges, proposal papers for human resources development were submitted and in the Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS) 2018-2019 to 2022-2023, plans are included to upgrade agriculture institutes to agriculture colleges.
Once this development strategy is approved and permitted, appropriate agriculture institutes will be selected for upgrade to agriculture colleges and required basic buildings, education aid, teaching staff and upgrading the skills of the teaching staff will be conducted. As such, when this development strategy is implemented, the matters raised in the question will be conducted, said the Deputy Minister.
Reading of reports
After the asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member Daw Ohn Kyi read and explained the committee report on Traditional Medicine Council Bill, approved and sent with amendment by Pyithu Hluttaw.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than then obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and approved the bill.
Next, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw submitted to the Hluttaw the Boundary Delineation Bill and Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Aung Thein read and explained the committee report on the Boundary Delineation Bill. This was followed by Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announcing for Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the bill to enroll their names.
Tabling of a bill
Afterwards, U Soe Moe of Ayeyawady Region constituency 1 tabled a bill amending the Bar Council Act to be discussed in the Hluttaw. It was supported by Daw Myat Thida Tun of Mon State constituency 5.
After taking the decision of the Hluttaw to accept and discuss the bill, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced the agreement of the Hluttaw.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker also informed the Hluttaw on the receipt of Myanmar Mines Rules sent by Pyithu Hluttaw with amendments and announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss it to enroll their names.
Hluttaw debates a motion
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 Mya Min Swe of Magway constituency 9, U Hla Oo of Sagaing Region constituency 4, Naw Chris
Tun @ Dr. Arkar Moe of Kayin State constituency 7, U Khin Maung Latt of Rakhine State constituency 3 and U Kyaw Kyaw Win of Rakhine State constituency 8.
The thirteenth-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw is scheduled to be held on 29 August, it is learnt.
Aung Ye Thwin