November 16, 2017

VP U Henry Van Thio attends meeting of committee on confiscated farmlands

Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivering a speech at the meeting.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio said the committee tasked with dealing with confiscated farmland needs to concentrate on resolving the 3,980 complaint cases it has received, of which only 212 have been solved.
“The committee at different levels needs to put emphasis on the resolution of the confiscation of farmlands to ensure the grievers can survive for the long term”, said Vice President U Henry Van Thio, the Chairman of the Central Committee for Rescrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands at the coordinating meeting held yesterday at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“As Myanmar is an agro-based country, agriculture, farmlands and farmers play a major role. So, it is needed to push forward speedily in solving the land matters by reviewing the land matter, as such is the image of the country.” He said the committee has received 3,980 complaints letters since the committee was formed, from States and Regions forwarded to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the Pyithu Hluttaw and the Amyotha Hluttaw.
The committee has informed related ministries, the Nay Pyi Taw council and committees in Regions and States to scrutinise the cases in accordance with the policy and procedure. Among the cases, 212 were solved and 3,768 were being scrutinized, said the vice president.
The vice president said the central committee has been working with delegations from line ministries and Region and State governments to solve the land disputes. Special cases in Regions and States are coordinating for the first time with the Mandalay Region government as well as with Kayah State, Chin State and Bago Region.
The Central Committee has been solving cases left over from the previous government and it is necessary for the development of the cases to be published in a monthly government gazette. It is also necessary to present the plans and conditions, in accordance with land management law, for those confiscated lands by Nay Pyi Taw, Ministries in Region and State, Private Organizations that have not been used for any projects.
The committee’s works report will be sent to the Ministry of Information to be published in state media. The committee also needs to approve 10 principles previously stated to easily solve land issues.
The secretary of the central committee Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe presented the response action on the complaint letters and Union Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw council chairman, Region and State Chief ministers discussed matters that would enable land issues to be solved easily and, in accordance with the law. The vice president then made a concluding remark.

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