Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session holds 18th-day meeting

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The 18th-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw was held at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall of the Hluttaw Building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, where asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, motions on reports tabled, receipt of a bill announced and a bill approved.

Asterisk-marked questions
In the first question of the day, U Kyaw Shwe of Yanbye constituency asked if there is a plan to construct multi-purpose cyclone shelters for workers and families living in Yanbye Township, Laytaung region, Santinmaw port and Kyaukoomaw port. In his reply on behalf of the ministry and Rakhine State government, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung said the two ports had a population of more than 700 and 500 from 150 and 100 houses and there were even more during the open season. They were living close to the sea ,and the nearest inland villages at Zayatpyin village tracts are about 6 miles away and there are no high grounds near the port. The Deputy Minister explained that a multi-purpose cyclone shelter will be constructed as a priority on an appropriate land chosen by Rakhine State government near the two ports with National Natural Disaster Management Fund in fiscal year 2018-2019.
Next, Daw Nan Htwe Thu of Pasawng constituency said student selection criteria for education training school opened by Ministry of Border Affairs in Bawlake town was not proportionate township-wise and is not transparent. She enquired about the selection criteria and if there is a plan to select students proportionately from townships. Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut answered that priority is given towards orphans and children of single parents and not to accept students who stay in outside boarding houses. Priority is also given toward students with good basic education and those who want to study. They also need to be healthy and fit and must be between 11 and 12 years old, fifth standard students. Selection and acceptance is during the set period at the start of an education year and there is no selection and acceptance during other periods ,said the Deputy Minister.
For education year 2017-2018, school management committee of the school assess and select students and then submit it to Kayah State Chief Minister for approval. The ministry proposes to the Chief Minister the number of students the school is accepting for the education year and continues with the selection of the students according to the Chief Minister’s confirmation and approval explained the Deputy Minister.
U Sein Aung of Paletwa constituency then asked if there is a plan to construct a suspension (rope) bridge for human crossing at Phayonchaung village, Paletwa Township, and Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut answered that starting from fiscal year 2019-2020, depending upon fund permitted, proposal will be submitted to conduct the work.
Replying to a question by U Wom Hla of Nanyun constituency on action taken against Global Land company for installing sub-standard box culverts along the Nanyun Township Shatenyo-Lonkyan road, in addition to replacing with standard box culverts, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut said officials inspected the construction of sixty box-culverts and sub-standard box culverts were asked to be replaced. The replacement work was fully completed on 25 August and a report had been submitted about this. If a group led by the Hluttaw representative found any requirements or shortcomings, the company will be asked to work on it again. If the work is not up to standard, action will be taken against the company according to procedure, said the Deputy Minister.
Similarly, questions raised by U Tin Aye of Metmung constituency, U R Moe Hsi of Khaunglanphu constituency and U Kyaw Htay of Leshi constituency were explained by Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut.

Submission of motions on reports
After the asterisk-marked questions session, Pyithu Hluttaw Citizens, Fundamental Rights Committee member and Pyithu Hluttaw Health and Sports Development Committee member submitted motions to approve a report of each committee.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and Hluttaw agreed to approve it.

Receipt of Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill
Following this, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced the receipt of Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill, returned by Amyotha Hluttaw with amendment, and called for Hluttaw representatives who wanted to table an amendment motion to register their names.

Approval of Consumer Protection Bill
Bill committee member U Nay Myo Tun then explained about amended motions tabled for Consumer Protection Bill, submitted by Ministry of Commerce.
After the explanation, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the decision of the Hluttaw on the bill by clauses and sub-clauses and approved it.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker then obtained the decision of the Hluttaw on the entire bill and announced the approval of the Hluttaw.
The 19th-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw will be held today, it is learnt.


By Aye Aye Thant (MNA)

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