October 19, 2017

VP pushes for resolution of land grabbing issues

Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers an address at Central Review Committee on Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers an address at Central Review Committee on Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands.

AS the chairman of the Central Review Committee on Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, Vice President U Henry Van Thio has called for the quick resolution of farmland confiscation issues and for the speedy handover of abandoned farmlands to their lawful owners.
The committee held its first coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with its chairman urging officials to set up task forces to deal with the return of seized land and with the economic impact land grabbing has had on farmers.
According to the vice president, private companies and government departments were granted permission to confiscate land, including farmland, under the pretext of urbanisation and industrialisation. Land disputes resulted from lack of cooperation among land management bodies as well as from arguments between the government, landowners and investors over ownership and planning permissions.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio pledged that his government would take speedy measures to formulate comprehensible laws and procedures to return confiscated lands to their lawful owners after forming committees at different levels.
“These committees must be staffed with ministerial officials, local parliamentarians, town elders and farmers,” he said.

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