Vice President U Nyan Tun inspected Saunders Weaving and Occupational Institute of the Small-scale Industries Department of the Ministry of Cooperatives in Amarapura, Mandalay Region, on Thursday.
Union Minister for Cooperatives U Kyaw Hsan and officials explained the vice president on salient points of the institute at the meeting hall.
The vice president urged the official to transform the institute into the most prestigious weaving centre in Myanmar, a school where high technology for hand weaving can be studied in Southeast Asia and a tourist attraction, saying that it is necessary to penetrate the market with innovative clothes from the institute, which was built in 1914 by Mr L H Saunders, who served as secretary for justice under King Mindon.
Then, the vice president and party view round the textile exhibition of the institute.
Later, the vice president attended the Regional Land Utilization Committee Meeting at the meeting hall of Mandalay Region Government. Present at the meeting were union ministers, the region chief minister, deputy ministers, region ministers and officials.
At the meeting, the region chief minister and officials explained the settlement of land disputes stated in seven parts of the report of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw commission, releasing confiscated land to farmers, totals of fallow and virgin land and the number of landless farmers and rural electricity supply for poverty reduction.
Then, union ministers and deputy ministers reported to the vice president on handover of confiscated land to former owners by each ministry.
At the meeting, the vice president said that it is necessary to return land to former owners in accordance with the law, pointing out that one of the biggest challenges for Myanmar is landlessness of farmers and the issue aggravated due to complex rules and regulations of the old systems, difficulty to examine ownership evidence and outdated laws, rules and regulations.
Taking advantage of the situation, projects were implemented without transparency and consideration for locals, the vice president added. The vice president also urged the officials to return released land to former owners without corruption in a transparent manner based on goodwill in accordance with the law and to make further investigation into land confiscation and to return land that should be released to former owners as soon as possible, he said. Emphasis should be placed on coordination to effectively solve land disputes in accordance with the law as soon as possible, he said.
Out of 576 cases of land confiscation in Mandalay Region stated in the seven-part of the report of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw commission, 546 cases have been examined and 30 cases are under investigation. A total of 16,906.999 acres including 13,629.716 acres of land for the 546 cases and 3,277.283 acres of land of the Ministry of Defence which is not stated in the report were released. A total of 10,042.304 acres have been returned to 2,760 farmers and 6298.709 acres have been handed over to departments concerned. Arrangements are also underway to return land to farmers for the 30 cases under investigation.
After the meeting, the vice president and party visited ShweUmin Monastery in TadaU Township and paid homage to Sayadaw Bhaddanta Sumangala. The vice president also heard reports of the officials on rural development tasks at the monastery, before inspecting preparations for fishery exhibition in Amarapura and Thirimingala Sport Grounds in Mandalay.