The Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its tenth-day meeting at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning.
At the meeting, questions on natural disaster relief, audit report and forest sectors were asked and answered, decision of the Hluttaw obtained on Myanmar Mines Rule and a motion on conserving natural swiftlet bird nest habitats.
In the questions and answers session, a question posed by U Pa Htan of Matupi constituency on emergency works conducted in Matupi Township, where houses were damaged due to heavy rains, water erosion and landslides, was answered by Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung. The Deputy Minister said Ks 27.9 million was transferred to Chin State government in April 2017 to construct retaining walls and water drains in Matupi Township.
The works were assigned to tender winning companies Taw Win Phu Gya Company and AIDAK Company. Taw Win Phu Gya Company started construction work on the water drains in March 2018 but due to heavy rain on 10 March 2018, the water drain under construction was damaged and the cement mixer fell into in the water drain and the work was temporarily stopped. Retaining wall constructed by AIDAK Company was completed.
Ministry of Border Affairs is also constructing five water drains and a retaining wall with water outlets with Ks 236.25 million in Matupi Town.
In addition to this, Ministry of Construction had been informed to conduct construction and maintenance of bridges, drains and retaining walls in Matupi town to prevent landslides caused by natural disasters, said the Deputy Minister.
Union Auditor General U Maw Than replied to a question raised by U Kan Myint of Thayet constituency on whether interim reports are made when illegalities such as corruption, misdemeanor, wastage and irregularities occur. Auditor General Handbook had prescribed for the Union Auditor General Office to report urgently with an interim report to relevant authorities whenever an audit uncover an illegal act that is important, without waiting until the final report is prepared, and Union Auditor General Office has also been instructed likewise.
As per this handbook guideline and instruction, state and region auditor general offices uncover illegalities such as corruption, misdemeanor, wastage and irregularities, Union Auditor General Office send an interim report to the relevant ministry in order to take appropriate action. And according to the importance of the audit finding, it is included in the report to the President and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, said the Union Auditor General.
A question raised by Daw Khin Than Nu of Mindon constituency on whether land lease fee obtained from leasing forest land to construct telecommunication towers are taxed was answered by Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Conservation U Ohn Win. The Union Minister said 10 companies had constructed 240 telecommunication towers and forest land and departmental lands and the land lease fee, insurance, commercial tax 5 percent were being deposited into relevant department accounts as Government funds. From 2015 to date, Ks 1345.2 million has been transferred as government fund, said the Union Minister.
Similarly, questions posed by U Khin Cho of Hlaingbwe constituency on plans to promote commercial planting of Accacia Mangium (Japanese Padauk), Dr. U Than Aung Soe of Minhla constituency and U Min Thein of Taungdwingyi constituency on arrangements made to prevent poaching of wild elephants and safeguards made to protect humans from wild elephants, was answered and explained by Union Minister U Ohn Win.
Motion to conserve natural habitat for swiftlet bird nest discussed and decided
Next a motion tabled by Daw Tin Tin Yi of Kyunsu constituency urging the government to conserve and protect mountain cliffs on islands that are a natural habitat for the swiftlet bird nest was discussed by U Soe Paing Htay of Myeik constituency, Daw Khin Sandi of Launglon constituency, U Khin Zaw of Kawthoung constituency and U Nyan Hein of Thanbyuzayat constituency.
In his discussion on the motion, Union Minister U Ohn Win said bird nest collection was permitted in Taninthayi Region Dawei District Launglon Township, Kawthoung District Kawthoung Township, Myeik District Kyunsu Township and Palaw Township, Ayeyawady Region Pathein and Ngaputaw townships.
The works of the tender winning bird nest collectors are checked and overseen by work management groups formed with Forest Department and General Administration Department officials. Modern method of collecting bird nests through man-made nest houses were also being properly checked and overseen so that there is no damage to the natural environment and the birds. As such, the Union Minister explained to put the motion on record and keep it under observation.
The decision of the Hluttaw was then made to put the motion on record and keep it under observation.
The Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session will hold its eleventh-day meeting on 21 August, it is learnt.
By Myo Myint (MNA)