The Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its eighth-day meeting at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning. At the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were answered by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw and Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing.
In the question and answer session, Daw Khin Hnin Thit of Padaung constituency raised a question on whether there is a plan to expand Emerald Green Project in Padaung Township. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that Emerald Green Project has been implemented in 23 villages of Padaung Township, while people-centered project will be implemented in all the villages of the township for the full four-year cycle of the project. As the Emerald Green Project is being implemented in other townships, there is no plan to expand the project in Padaung Township at the moment, explained the Deputy Minister.
U Myat Lay Oo of Htilin constituency then raised a question on plans to provide electricity to nine villages of Kyin village area in Htilin Township. Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing replied that a 66 KV Pauk-Kyaukhtu power line passes near the subject villages but electricity can be supplied only when sub-stations are constructed and a 11 KV power line laid. Due to the geography of the region and technical requirements, it would be difficult to provide electricity from the power grid. Off-grid system (solar) is the most appropriate way of providing electricity to the subject villages and the Department of Rural Development is being informed and coordinated about this, said the Deputy Minister.
In replying to a question posed by U Nay Myo Htet of Kyauktada constituency on plans to implement base load hydro-electric projects and provide electricity to required places in Myanmar, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing said hydro-electricity is not appropriate to produce base load. The Deputy Minister explained further that there are 27 installed hydro-electric plants generating 2,800 MW. Of the 27, 21 are reservoir type, generating intermediate load of 2,170 MW and only 6 are run-off-river type plants, generating 630 MW for base load. Feasibility studies are being conducted to construct more hydro-electric projects with government fund, local and international investment. Survey and investigation will take at least three years while construction period is from four to ten years, explained the Deputy Minister.
Questions raised by U Myint Oo of Thanatpin constituency, U Win Win of Minbu constituency and U Khun Than Htoo of Hsihseng constituency were also answered by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw and Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing.
Forest Bill to be submitted to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Next, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat obtained the decision of the Hluttaw on the Forest Bill sent with amendments by Amyotha Hluttaw.
Bill committee tabled a motion to submit the bill to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw as the two Hluttaws are in disagreement over the bill. After Hluttaw agree to it, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw’s decision to submit the bill to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and proceed further on it.
Motion to review and provide necessary support to Department of Cooperatives
Afterwards, a motion tabled by Daw Wint War Tun of Shadaw constituency urging the government to review and provide necessary support for the Department of Cooperatives to successfully implement its policy, aim and work processes was discussed by Hluttaw representatives.
U Bo Gyi of Chauk constituency, U Tun Tun of Pwintbyu constituency, U Sein Han of Kanma constituency, Dr. U Khin Maung Thin of Ayadaw constituency, Dr. Daw Thet Thet Khaing of Dagon constituency, Dr. U Sein Mya Aye of Dala constituency, U Tin Ko Ko Oo @ U A Tut of Bilin constituency, U Thein Tan of Hlegu constituency, U Bo Bo Oo of Sangyoung constituency, Daw Nan Htwe Thu of Pasawng constituency, U Nyunt Aung of Monywa constituency, Daw Mi Kun Chan of Paung constituency and U Ye Lwin of Ahlon constituency discussed the motion.
In his discussion on the motion, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw explained about the history of the Department of Cooperatives that started as the Ministry of Cooperatives on 5 April 1951. He then said the incumbent government is monitoring whether the policy, aim and work processes of the cooperatives sector is in accord with the economic policies set, and recommended that the motion be put on record.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker then announced the Hluttaw putting on record and keeping the matter under observation after obtaining decision of the Hluttaw.
The ninth-day meeting of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session will be held on 14 August it is learnt.
By Aye Aye Thant (MNA)