The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its ninth-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning, where asterisk-marked questions were raised and answered, a bill and a motion discussed.
In the asterisk-marked question session, Daw Ei Ei Pyone of Ayeyawady Region constituency 8 first posed a question on how lands that can be used for other means are being managed to be in accord with the aim of the government. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that when permission is granted to use land for other means, the land must be used as permitted within six months and if it is not used, the permit has to be forfeited. The permit will also have to be forfeited once the period permitted expires. As such, permitted land users need to follow law and notifications, said the Deputy Minister.
Furthermore, the ministry’s central farmland management group is managing the utilization of lands that can be used for other means and had also informed farmland management groups in Nay Pyi Taw Council, states and regions to do likewise. These groups will manage and review the utilization of lands permitted for other use in coordination with relevant state and region governments, replied the Deputy Minister.
U Ye Htut of the Sagaing Region constituency 5 then raised a question on plans to prepare about 1,900 acres of farmlands near Letpadaungtaung copper project and distribute them to farmers who lost their farmlands to the project. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that a farmland exploration committee has been formed and the committee had conducted field trip to identify the 1,900 acres of farmland.
The committee found 1,727 acres of vacant, fallow and virgin land in Yinmabin and Kani townships, where permission was already granted to use it as a farmland, but no one is using it. Sagaing Region government is following up with farmers who had lost their farmlands to the project, to know their willingness to work on the 1,727 acres of land, and the matter is still ongoing, replied the Deputy Minister.
Similarly, a question raised by U Myo Win of Mon State constituency 8 was answered by the Deputy Minister.
Discussion on Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill
Next, Daw Ei Ei Pyone of Ayeyawady Region constituency 8 and Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon Region constituency 10 discussed the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill.
Discussion on a motion tabled by U Myo Win of Mon State constituency 8
U Myo Win of Mon State constituency 8 tabled a motion urging the government to control and manage the management committee, development committee and farmland management committee to ensure that there is no corruption because plots were formed on many farms and plantation lands and sold off illegally, causing losses of farms and plantation lands. In addition to these lands, lands set aside for expansion of towns and villages were also lost in a similar manner, said U Myo Win on his motion. The motion was discussed by U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2, Dr. Kyaw Than Tun (Canton) of Mandalay Region constituency 3, U Kyaw Myint Oo of Mandalay Region constituency 10 and U Win Kyaing of Bago Region constituency 10.
The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session will hold its tenth-day meeting on 17 August, it is learnt.
Aung Ye Thwin