U Man Law Maung from Chin constituency (8) asked, “Are there plans to open departmental offices for Road Administration Department and Labour, Unemployment, and Social Security Departments in Mindat District in southern Chin State?”
The Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe replied that the Department for Transport issues driver licenses and vehicle permits via Pakokku District Office to Mindat, Matupi and Kanpetlet and the Sittway State Office to Paletwa in Mindat’s Township.
There are a reported 3,972 licensed vehicles and 1,658 licensed drivers in Mindat, Kanpetlet and Matupi Townships, according to a survey conducted on 30 November 2016. The Pakokku District Office issues vehicle and driver’s licenses twice a year around the townships. For 2017 they will issue licenses for Mindat and Matupi in March and September, and for Kanpetlet in February and November.
The Department for Labour, Immigration and Population and the Labor Union explained there is still a lot left in opening Employment offices in the township, and for the moment labor registration cards are being issued via mobile teams.
Dr Zaw Lin Htut from Mon constituency 9 raised the question of whether there are plans to pave a road that withstands all weather conditions along Thaton Township in Mon State to Paung Township to which Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied.
Member of the Bill Committee Daw Ohn Kyi read the committee’s report concerning the Statistics Bill. The Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw approved the amendments of the Bill after receiving approval on each section of the Bill from the Hluttaw and Union Minister for Planning and Finance.
U Kyaw Thiha from Mandalay constituency 12 submitted an appeal to discuss the 2017 Myanma Gemstones Draft Law and the Speaker after receiving approval from the Hluttaw approved relayed it to the Draft Law Committee.
Amyotha Hluttaw: Developing Magway in 2017-2018
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw announced development plans for Magway Region in the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, including construction for a levee in Nankat in the Minpyin and Dammataw area in Khanma Township and building a sluice gate and building an embankment along the main drain in Salin.
In the 17th day of the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 4th Regular Meeting, Daw Than Than Aye from Magway constituency (7) and U Win Maung from Magway constituency (6) raised the aforementioned questions.
In response to Daw Than Than Aye’s question concerning the levee, Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied that an investigation has been made after the levee was found to be diminished by 3 feet along the 300-2100 marker. An appeal for repairing the 1,800 feet of the diminished levee and construction for a 3-4 feet sluice gate has been made after careful budget analysis was included in the 2017-2018 fiscal year and will be carried out after budget approval.
The levee was also damaged along the 1,100 to 1,140 marker after the August 2015 flooding of the Ayeyawady River and a sluice gate was broken in 2010. In response to U Win Maung’s question on building a 1,350 feet embankment along the main drain in Salin, Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied an estimated budget of Ks 97.6 million will go into the construction of the 1,350 feet of embankment after the passing of freight trucks led to the main drain’s deterioration. However, it is found that a budget appeal for the embankment construction had not been submitted in the 2017-2018 fiscal year for Magway Region but an appeal will be submitted now and plans to be carried forth after budget approval.
U Htay Oo from Yangon constituency (2) asked, “Will medical reports by DNA specialists be accepted as evidence in a lawsuit? The sub-department for DNA testing under the department for chemical research in Zabuthiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw has accepted DNA samples from crime investigations all over the country.” Judge of the Supreme Court U Myint Aung replied that it has already been approved in the 1st Pyithu Hluttaw 6th Regular Meeting that the scientific process behind DNA medical reports by specialists are in accord with the Evidence Act and other existing laws, therefore the Supreme Court has no reason not to accept them as evidence.
He further said all levels of courts in Myanmar have already been accepting chemical examiner’s reports, medical reports and expert opinions (forensics) and will accept DNA reports if they are submitted as evidence.