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Ks 18.363 billion allotments from reserve fund for natural disasters discussed at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session

Allotments and expenditures of Ks18.363 billion from the reserve fund of the Union Budget for unexpected natural disasters in 2016 sent by the President was discussed on the 12th day fourth regular session of the 2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Myint Ngwe said that 571 buildings and 24 related facilities totalling 595 structures on 112 regiments and units under the office of the commander-in-chief (Navy), Nay Pyi Taw command, Eastern command, Western command, North-Western command, Central command and regional Control command in Loikaw and Sittway were damaged by the 24 August 2016 earthquake.
The Deputy Minister said the damages were estimated and calculated by Directorate of Military Engineers and Office of the Quartermaster-General and it is expected to cost Ks364.928 million, urging the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to confirm the budget allocation for the Ministry of Defence. Afterward, deputy ministers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and Ministry of Planning and Finance explained matters related to the activities undertaken by the union minister for construction, the deputy minister for transport and communications, the union minister for labour, immigration and population and Chin State government.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker announced that the proposal was placed on the record. The speaker also announced the appointment of Dr Aye Zan as Mon State Chief Minister sent by the President and put the proposal on record. Then, Secretary of Joint Bill Committee Dr Myat Nyana Soe read out the findings by the committee over the National Planning Bill for the 2017-2018 FY. As to the Ks400 million allotments from the reserve fund of the 2016 Union Budget for restoration and conservation of Inle Lake in Southern Shan State sent by the President, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that Bell 250–branded one dredger manufactured by Netherlands-based Bell Co was purchased at a cost of Ks1 billion kyat and Ks600 million was paid by the Shan State development fund and Ks400 million is scheduled to be paid from the reserve fund. The socioeconomic status of the local people will be improved as the government is helping to sustain Inle Lake by purchasing the dredger, he added, saying the move will enable development of tourism industry in the region and the Lawpita Hydropower Plant is expected to generate sufficient electricity for the locals.
The deputy minister requested the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to ratify the proposal to confirm the Ks400 million allocations for the dredger Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win made a detailed explanation. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker asked the parliamentarians to enlist their names if they wished to discuss it.
Member of the Joint Bill Committee U Tun Tun Hein read out the legal review report as to Draft Union Budget Law for 2017 and Member of the Joint Public Accounts Committee U Aung Min, the financial review report. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker announced that the MPs are to enlist their names if they want to discuss basic principles, income and expenditure of the bill.—Myanmar News Agency

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