Vice President U Henry Van Thio oversees regional development tasks in Chin State

Vice President U Henry Van Thio comforts a pateint receiving medical treatment at People’s Hospital in Paletwa.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio accompanied by Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung and U Win Khaing, Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Than Htut, Dr Tun Naing and departmental officials inspected the site chosen for construction of the office for township education officer at No (1) Basic Education High School in Matupi Township, Chin State yesterday.
The Vice President and party looked into upgrading of the basic education high school (Branch), patient ward and Laboratory at People’s Hospital in Hsamee Town and provided the patients receiving medical treatment at people’s hospital there with cash assistance. In meeting with local people in the meeting hall of the Township General Administration Department, the Vice President pledged to provide necessary assistance for regional development tasks and heard reports on improving the telecommunications system, constructing the inter-township road, availability of electricity and upgrading of schools and hospitals presented by officials concerned.
Then, the Vice President and entourage went to 50-bedded People’s Hospital in Paletwa Township where he looked round the patient ward, medical store and Laboratory and provided cash assistance to the patients. U Henry Van Thio attended the meeting with local residents in the hall of Township General Administration Department and presented K 10 million contributed by the Ministry of Border Affairs through an official from the township management committee. Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung handed over 50 solar panels provided by Ministry of Border Affairs and Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Than Htut, 250 blankets to the officials.
The State Minister for Development Affairs and officials concerned reported on the site chosen for the Paletwa-Meeza-Shinletwa Road that will start from the western bank of the Kaladan River . Afterwards, the Vice President proceeded to Paletwa Jetty which is included in the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project where he was presented reports on implementation of the project by the officials from Myanma Port Authority under the Ministry of Transport and Communications and a supplementary report by Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung.
He also inspected the warehouse, jetty and the site chosen for construction of the Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge (Paletwa). Being located on the western bank of the Kaladan River, construction of a river-crossing bridge is required for convenience of the local residents who cannot directly come to Paletwa by motorcar. The Ministry of Construction will build the Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge in coordination with the Chin State government commencing 2017-2018 fiscal year. The Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge is expected to cost K 10.5 billion and construction of the bridge will begin in 2017-2018 financial years by spending K 1 billion from the Union Budget and K 2.5 billion from the Chin State Government fund and the project is slated for completion within three years.
During the meetings with local people in Chin State, the Vice President highlighted that job opportunities will be created for the locals with the implementation of the Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge Project and the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project by the government. Upon completion of the projects, the socio-economic status of the local people will improve and they will have a chance to export their products to other areas, he added. He said that the locals need to make necessary preparations to produce agricultural goods compatible with the climate of the region on a commercial scale.
The Vice President pointed out that stability and peace play a pivotal role in carrying out development tasks, saying that the peace process was being implemented by holding the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference under the leadership of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to ensure stability and peace in the country. He urged the locals to participate in regional development tasks and cordially greeted them.

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