By Aung Ye Thwin
The tenth regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw held its eleventh-day meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
During the session, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered and a motion was tabled and approved.
During the session on asterisk-marked questions, U Ye Htut of Sagaing Region constituency 5 asked the Union Government whether it plans to pay the same pension to retired civil servants, regardless of their years in retirement, rank, and service years.
The Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance, U Maung Maung Win, replied that the government will make a decision on pensions after reviewing the State Funds.
“The matter of increasing pensions is still being considered by the government since its decision to increase pay in April 2018. The Union Government will consider raising pensions only after the increase in pay scales comes into effect,” he said.
U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 asked the Union Government if it plans to check the distribution of lottery tickets. He said the State has lost monthly revenues while people have to buy lottery tickets for K650 or K700, and as a consequence, lottery ticket sellers are earning lower incomes.
Deputy Minister U Maung Maung Win said the Government will review the distribution of lottery tickets, while making arrangements to prevent price rise and improve the lottery management system.
Daw Thiri Yadana of Mon State constituency 12 tabled a motion urging the Union Government to put an end to wildlife trafficking in a timely manner by initiating severe action against traffickers. Hluttaw representatives discussed the motion.
U Win Aung of Sagaing Region constituency 3 and Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon Region constituency 10 supported the motion. Dr. Kyaw Ngwe of Magway Region constituency 10 and U Zaw Hein of Thaninthayi Region constituency 7 participated in the discussion on the motion.
Speaking on the motion, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Dr. Ye Myint Swe, said 23 educative talks on wildlife conservation were conducted in 2018, and the government tried to raise awareness on the issue by distributing pamphlets and posters, and launching radio and television programs.
“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation will make concerted efforts to conserve elephants and increase fines,” said Dr. Ye Myint Swe.
He added that the motion could be approved because continuous efforts are needed and cooperation between the relevant ministries and local people is of great importance in protecting wildlife.
Afterwards, the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and announced that the motion was approved.
The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s tenth regular session will hold its twelfth meeting on 11 December. (Translated by Win Ko Ko