August 19, 2016

No plan to change Ward or Village Administration Law: Deputy Home Affairs Minister

Pyithu Hluttaw is being convened. Photo: MNA
Pyithu Hluttaw is being convened. Photo: MNA

THERE is no plan to amend or redraw the 2012 Ward or Village Administration Law at the moment, said Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe at a parliamentary session yesterday.

The law was drawn up by the ministry in accordance with suggestions of related ministries, legal experts, staff from social organisations, the legal advisory team of the President’s Office and the Union Attorney-General’s Office,and it was enacted following the approval of the two hluttaws, said the deputy minister.

Moreover, its rules and regulations were revised several times in order to minimise weaknesses, he added.
In response to a question about whether there is a plan to eliminate the production of narcotic drugs in territories held by armed groups, the deputy minister replied that the fight against narcotics faces challenges amid the easy availability of chemicals necessary to make drugs in border regions and remote areas that lack peace and stability. He said drugs are smuggled out of the country the same way chemicals are brought in.
He highlighted the importance of peace and stability, effective legal mechanisms and the rule of law, calling for cooperation between the government, the public and ethnic armed groups in the fight against narcotics.

Anti-narcotics efforts are being made in cooperation with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signatories, said the deputy minister, adding that narcotic drug elimination can be implemented as a national duty following the inking of truce deal with non-signatories and political dialogue.

In response to a question about fire prevention measures, the deputy minister said the Fire Service Department is educating the public in fire safety and prevention and stepping up preventive measures in collaboration with departments concerned.

Also during the 24th-day session of the Pyithu Hluttaw, a bill revoking the Law to Safeguard the State against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts was approved unanimously.—Myanmar News Agency


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