YCDC distributes second round of land compensation to farmers

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein presents compensation to farmers in Yangon on 27 January. Photo: Hsan Kyaw Oo (IPRD)
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein presents compensation to farmers in Yangon on 27 January. Photo: Hsan Kyaw Oo (IPRD)

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) on 27 January distributed the second round of land compensation, amounting to K15,381.22 million, to local farmers whose lands have been confiscated by the government.
The compensation was disbursed during a ceremony at the YCDC meeting hall.
At the ceremony, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said that land compensation will be disbursed in totality in 2020. “Farm lands and other lands, which have been confiscated, will be scrutinized before the compensation is awarded. Land Committees at different levels are following the procedures set by the central committee for processing compensations so that people cooperate with the committee by presenting correct information about farmland,” he said.
The committee would be able to provide compensation only if it gets correct information, he added.
“Moreover, we want to make it clear that the authorities are giving land compensation and that the land will become the government’s again. If people continue to live there as squatters, we will take legal action according to existing laws,” he added.
Then, the Chief Minister, Regional Hluttaw chairman U Tin Maung Tun, Agriculture, Livestock, Forest and Energy Minister U Han Tun, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe, and officials of the Regional Committee for Scrutinizing of Confiscated Farmlands and other lands committee distributed compensation to farmers. Afterwards, a local farmer gave words of thanks on behalf of all farmers.
On the same day, the YCDC on Monday gave K15,381.22 million in compensation to 139 local farmers for 1545.322 acres of land in Dagon Myothit Seikkan, Dagon Myothit (South, North, and East), Hlinethaya, Shwepyithar, Minglardone, Dala, Kyimyindaing, and Taikkyi townships. On 28 September, 2019, the YCDC gave K7 billion in compensation to 50 local farmers for 696.31 acres of farmland. —Hsan Kyaw Oo (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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