Second Pyithu Hluttaw, 14th regular session holds 9th-day meeting

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat.  Photo: MNA
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat. Photo: MNA

The ninth-day meeting of the 14th regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw was held yesterday. MPs raised starred questions, an annual report was read and a separate report was debated by the assembly.
MP U Than Lin Lin of Meisei constituency raised a question on whether there were plans to open the BP-14 border gate in Hoesei Village, Meisei Township, and the border gate of Saung Hein Village in Thailand in order enable bilateral trade and travel between the two countries.
Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe replied that as there is already the BP-13 border gate, which is located in Meisei Sub-township and has better trade routes, the Ministry of Commerce has remarked there are no plans to open another border gate so close by.
Next, MP Dr Aung Naing of Thabeikkyin constituency raised a question on whether a permit for the self-reliant cottage hospital in Zayat Kwin Village, Ohn Zone Village-tract, Thabeikkyin Township, will be swiftly issued soon.
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe replied that they have submitted the necessary documents for the cottage hospital’s formation to his ministry’s planning and formation review unit and once it is approved, will be further submitted to the Union Government to take the next step.
Following this, MP U Aung Tin Lin of Natmauk constituency raised a question on whether the 50-bed people’s hospital in Natmauk Township will be upgraded to a 100-bed hospital.
Dr Myint Htwe replied that as the hospital has neither the required land area nor the number of inpatients that calls for expansion, there are currently no plans to upgrade it.
The Q&A session continued with Union Minister U Thein Swe replying to whether there are plans to sign the ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for admission to employment raised by MP U Myint Thein of Wetlet constituency.
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe also replied to MP U Khun Than Htoo of Hsihseng constituency’s question on appointing dentists to cottage hospitals, MP Dr Than Win of North Okkalapa constituency’s question on plans to reduce restrictions on Myanmar-born medical professionals with P.R. status in the country, and MP U Sai Ba Thein of Langkho constituency’s question on whether a sports stadium will be constructed in Langkho Township.
Next, Bill Committee member U Zaw Win submitted the Rural Area Development Bill sent back from the Amyotha Hluttaw. He said there were 44 facts amended by the Amyotha Hluttaw that should be accepted, 32 facts further amended by the Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee, and 4 facts amended by the Amyotha Hluttaw that should not be accepted and reverted back to the original verification made by the Pyithu Hluttaw.
Speaker U T Khun Myat gathered the opinion of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and acquired the approval of the Hluttaw.
Bill Committee Secretary U Kyaw Soe Lin then submitted the 36 points from the bill that are engaged in controversy between the two Hluttaws and moved to have a decision be made at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. The Speaker announced the matter will be submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
Next, Secretary U In Htone of the Pyithu Hluttaw Ethnic Affairs and Internal Peace Implementation Committee read the annual report of the committee. The Speaker called for MPs interested in discussing the report to register their names.
This was followed by MPs U Myint Lwin of Twantay constituency, U Min Naung of Pinlebu constituency, U Myat Lay Oo of Htilin constituency, and U Mahn Nyunt Thein of Pantanaw constituency debating a report from the Pyithu Hluttaw Government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee.
Afterwards, committee member U Myo Naing responded to the MPs’ debate and fellow member Daw Khin Saw Wai moved for the assembly to approve the report. The Speaker gathered the deliberation of the Hluttaw and approved it.
The tenth-day meeting of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s 14th regular session will be held on 2 December.—Aye Aye Thant (MNA) (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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