October 07, 2016

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Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker urges MPs to obey democratic practices in their constituencies

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint.

THE 47-day long session of the 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw adjourned yesterday, with Speaker U Win Myint calling on MPs to try harder to act within democratic practices in their respective constituencies during the Hluttaw’s interval time.
During the session of the 2nd parliament, 225 star-marked questions and 407 questions (with no star markings) were questioned and replied. 16 proposals including two of importance were tendered while there were 4 proposals approved, 9 recorded, 2 rejected and one proposal deemed unworthy of discussion.
As regards bills, the Hluttaw approved 10 bills out of 19 which commended to be discussed in its sessions, with 9 bills to be tabled until the following meeting. With effect from 1 February 2016 when the parliament commenced to take office until now, activities of the respective Hluttaw Committees were clarified by the speaker.
The parliament formed 19 parliamentary committees, held 125 interviews with 2,740 local guests and 327 alien guests on Hluttaw premises with 18,072 local visitors and 1,828 from abroad present at 202 interviews. So far there have been 20 overseas meetings including excursions and trips in which meetings were held between 54 parliamentarians and 916 foreign guests.
The speaker urged the MPs to convince themselves of their responsibilities, to thoroughly understand the essence of the role of legislature, to abide by the principles of existing laws in compliance with the saying that it is vital for lawmakers not to become law breakers, to be cautious about exercising check and balance so as not to intervene by going beyond limited framework, to listen to the voices of the people in their own constituencies so that they may know the people’s needs and desires, to share Hluttaw experiences with the populace widely, to implement township development works with government subvention and to take part in scrutinising confiscated farm land and
other lands and to come cheerfully and healthily to the next session.
U Win Khaing, Union Minister for Construction, replied to queries raised by U Aye Naing of Dagon (south) constituency, U Kyaw Htay of Leishi constituency and U Kyaw Myo Htet of Kyauktada constituency.
In reply to the question of MP U Kyaw Htay of Leishi constituency, the Union Minister said the Yangon Region Government has planned to sign an agreement with Japan’s Sumitomo Company to carry out a survey to improve the sewage system in six downtown townships and to extend the waste water treatment plant.



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