THE second Amyotha Hluttaw session entered its ninth day with lawmakers holding discussions on a motion calling for a comprehensive plan for flooding that occurs annually in the delta and coastal regions and for nationwide water shortages during the dry season. Also discussed was restoring rivers for the benefit of river-side residents. In his discussions Defence Services Personnel Hluttaw Representative Major Zaw Tun stressed the need for taking the challenges of funds and technology into account to ensure effective preparedness measures.
Regarding the problem of water scarcity, he called for short-term and long-term water shortage mitigation plans and measures to ensure an adequate supply of water. The parliamentarian pointed out that it is hard for the government to perform river dredging operations as a preventive measure against floods across the country due to financial constraints, suggesting that these works should be carried out under a BOT system.
Moreover, he emphasised the need to seek expert recommendations prior to conducting dredging works and building water facilities.
During yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session U Khin Aung Myint of Mandalay Region Constituency 8 submitted a proposal calling on the Union government to develop a special plan to improve literacy rates among ethnic people, enabling them to have access to tertiary education and to promote ethnic literature.