December 09, 2016

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Pyithu Hluttaw session continues

U Thein Swe.
U Thein Swe.

Issues such as stay permits for foreign businessmen, printing currency notes with General Aung San’s portrait and protection of ethnic affairs and child labour were put forward to the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.
In his answer to a question on ethnic affairs, the Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Naing Thet Lwin responded that the ministry will draft a by-law to protect the rights of ethnic people in collaboration with region/state ethnic affairs ministers.
Some MPs also raised questions relating to the laws and by-laws for the promotion of departmental staff, stay permit extensions from three months/six months to one year for foreign businessmen, removal of toll gates nationwide apart from those gates necessary for security and printing new currency notes with General Aung San’s portrait in the place of lion and elephant drawings.
Regarding labour rights including the child labour issue and house helpers, the Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe responded that the government is considering a law to give protection to domestic workers. However, actions can already be taken against child labour and torture under the Section 27 of the Law Amending the Ward or Village-tract Administrative Law and under the Section 65 (A) of the Child Labour law.

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