September 23, 2017

Government urged to build homes for teachers in rural areas

Daw Aye Mya Mya Myo.
Daw Aye Mya Mya Myo.

THE Pyithu Hluttaw continued for its 21st day with a parliamentary discussion on a proposal calling on the Union government to build housing for education staff and a question and answer session yesterday.
Parliamentarians held discussion on the proposal calling on the government to build homes for teachers in rural areas, especially the areas lagging behind others in development, with the use of the Union budget.
Daw Aye Mya Mya Myo of Kyauktan Constituency suggested that priority should also be given to the areas where there are education staff quarters in the most urgent need of reconstruction.
Likewise, U Nay Lin Tun of Bokepyin Constituency expressed his support for the proposal, stressing the need to spend the Union budget on construction of housing for education staff to improve their living standards.
Then, Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi responded to the parliamentary discussion on the proposal, saying that the proposal should only be recorded.
While seeking parliamentary approval the Pyithu Hluttaw decided to put the proposal on record and wait and see what the government can do for accommodation for education staff.
In his address the Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker highlighted the importance of education in national development and called for the laying of great emphasis on the discussions of lawmakers on the proposal.
During a Q & A session Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe responded to a call for the reopening of the Shwepyiaye Youth Rehabilitation Centre, saying that there is no plan to reopen the centre.
The deputy minister replied that community-based rehabilitation and treatment activities for drug addicts in the environs of Pekhon Township will be carried out, if necessary, in cooperation with local authorities, the Ministry of Health and Sports (treatment working group) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (rehabilitation working group).
Next, the deputy minister responded to a question regarding the reformation of Kyaukhtu town into the township level, saying that is no plan to upgrade the town into Kyaukhtu Township.
If the town under Saw Township is reformed into the township level, there will be a need to reform another 145 towns into the township level, requiring a larger budgets to establish more government offices that need to be staffed with more service personnel, added the deputy minister.
He pointed out that there may be matters of constitutional controversy regarding the extended formation of more townships.
On a call for the formation of committees to help inmates by the government, the deputy minister replied that no weaknesses were found in prison regulations and the implementation of rules and regulations was going well.
It is not necessary to form the proposed committees as suggestions that came from the visits of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Judges of Supreme Court, local authorities and ICRC to prisons were being realised, he added.


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