August 20, 2016

Rumour over land plots for pensioners dismissed

A post office in outskirts of Yangon is crowded with people.  Photo:  Min Thit
A post office in outskirts of Yangon is crowded with people.
Photo: Min Thit

A MINISTER from the Yangon Region government officially denied a rumour that pensioners will be allocated land plots in the region, affirming that this information is incorrect.
“No announcement was made and no forms were invited”, said Yangon Region Minister for Agriculture and Livestock U Soe Min.
U Kyaw Soe, Yangon Region Minister for Foresty and Energy, and U Zaw Aye Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, also said that they were not aware of any such plans.
Due to the rumour spreading, pensioners in Yangon have been mailing the Yangon Region government their applications since last week.
Daw Ngu Thida, deputy general manager of Myanmar Post, said that post offices are just providing services to customers, and application forms are not sold there.
“No one know the details”, said U Nyein, a pensioner from Shwepyitha Township who submitted his application by mail following the information shared by one of his friends.
Pensioners are still submitting their applications by express mail at the Yangon Post Office where forms are being sold at K100 a copy by brokers.
“I mailed my application form, so did others,” said Daw Kyi Hla, a pensioner from Dala Township, adding that a copy of form is being sold for K 100 to K500 at copy shops in Dala.
Though authorities refuted the rumour, people gathered at post offices in regions and states in office hours to apply for land plots. Land prices in Myanmar have hiked with booming of the country’s real estate sector since the country’s opening up.—Khin Maung Htwe


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