The twelfth-day meeting of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session was held at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning. During the meeting asterisk-marked questions were answered by Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin, a motion tabled, a report read and submitted and a report discussed by the Pyithu Hluttaw representatives.
Daw Khin Than Nu of Mindon constituency posed the first asterisk-marked question and asked if there is a plan to top up a layer and widen the Pathein-Monywa road section in Mindon Township simultaneously. The Deputy Minister replied that topping up a layer and widening the Pathein-Monywa road section in Mindon Township is conducted depending upon the present situation of the road and road layer design. Where necessary, fund for topping up a layer and widening is requested, and depending upon availability of fund, works are conducted, said the Deputy Minister.
Next, U Zaw Min Thein of Laymyethna constituency raised a question on plans to remove trees, bushes, buildings and shops that restrict view and provide extra width to S-bends and U-turns (hairpin turns) on 12 ft. wide and 18 ft. wide Ministry of Construction roads. The Deputy Minister replied that in the bends and turns on important roads on hills and mountains, turn radiuses were widened for ease of big trucks using the roads. Road shoulder width and earth embankment width beside the roads were widened depending upon priority set, and in places where road widening is required, funds are requested and works conducted depending upon availability of the fund, said the Deputy Minister. Clearing of trees and bushes obstructing views will be conducted by the ministry and clearing of squatter huts, shops and roadside sellers on road junctions will be conducted in coordination with the state/region governments, explained the Deputy Minister.
U Wai Hlaing Tun of Pathein constituency then said Pyidawtha Housing Project in the center of Pathein Town consisting of 25 two-storey, four apartments per storey, private buildings and 150 houses were turned into public servant housing, but the process was not done according to law and asked if there is a plan to revert back the public servant housings into private houses as desired by the people. The Deputy Minister said a total of 350 apartments in the 25 two-storey apartment buildings and 150 houses of Pyidawtha House Project were designated as public servant housing during Ayeyawady Region Law and Order Restoration Council meeting 1/94.
Now, people living in 171 of the 350 apartments submitted a request to Ministry of Construction to re-designate the apartments as Pyidawtha Housing. Public servants living in public servant housings are to vacate the apartments when they retire, but public housings are apartments/houses where the public servants and their offspring can live on even after they retire. Converting a public servant housing to private housing is a sensitive matter and it needs to be considered in a nationwide manner, explained the Deputy Minister.
The Ministry has discussed with Ayeyawady Region government and will designate 171 apartments as public apartments while the remaining 179 apartments will remain as public servant apartments, said the Deputy Minister.
Questions raised by U Nay Htet Win of Sinbaungwe constituency, U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon constituency and Daw Ni Shwe Hlyan of Thantlang constituency were also answered by the Deputy Minister.
Motion on implementing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
After the asterisk-marked question session, U Tin Maung Win of Seikkan constituency tabled a motion urging the government to conduct researches on skilled workers, technicians and engineers truly required by the nation, draw up appropriate policy and strategy and establish more Technical High Schools, Government Technical Institutes, Technical Universities in implementing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Myanmar.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat announced the Hluttaw’s agreement to discuss the motion and announced further for Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the motion to enroll their names.
Second amendment bill to the Settlement of Labour Disputes Law
Afterwards, Hluttaw was informed about the receipt of second amendment bill to the Settlement of Labour Disputes Law sent by Amyotha Hluttaw with amendments, and bill committee member U Nay Myo Tun read and submitted the bill committee’s report.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to table an amendment motion to submit their names.
Discussion on Pyithu Hluttaw Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee report
Following this, U Myo Zaw Aung of Kawlin constituency, U Khin Maung Thein of Sagaing constituency, U Win Win of Minbu constituency and Dr. Min Thein of YeU constituency discussed the Pyithu Hluttaw Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee report.
Pyithu Hluttaw Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee member U Myo Naing responded to the discussions made by the Hluttaw representatives.
Committee secretary U Zone Teint then tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to agree and accept the report and the Hluttaw agreed and accepted the report.
The thirteenth-day meeting of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session will be held on 29 August it is learnt.
Aye Aye Thant (MNA)