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February 17, 2020

15th-day meeting of Second Pyithu Hluttaw 14th regular session

A 15th-day meeting of the 14th regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw was held at the Pyithu Hluttaw Building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the meeting asterisk marked questions were raised and answered, Ethnic Rights Protection Rule approved, two annual reports discussed and approved and an annual report approved.

Asterisk marked questions and answer
The meeting starts with asterisk marked questions and answers session. Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Nyi Tun first responded to a question raised by U Myint Oo of Magway constituency on whether there was a plan to re-excavate Shwe Lat Pan lake in Magway Township, Aungmingala Ward. U Nyi Tun said the place was turned into a residential area and 10 years land grants were issued in 2008 but no houses were built yet. As the lake was where waters drain into, the disappearance of the lake was causing flooding and inundation in nearby Aungzeya Ward and more than 100 locals had submitted complaint letters about this. In response to the wish of the people, comment of the Region government, suggestion of experts, guidance of the Union government and estimation of cost, appropriate way will be selected to re-excavate the lake and if it was to be re-excavated, land grant will not be extended said the Nay Pyi Taw Council member.
Nay Pyi Taw Council member U Nyi Tun also responded to a question raised by U Aye Naing of Dagon Myothit (South) constituency on a plan to improve drainage in Dagon Myothit (South) Township.
U Lama Naw Aung of Injangyan constituency asked whether national-level plans were drawn up to maintain the natural environment and upgrade the lives of ethnic people who were practicing slash and burn agriculture system in the hills. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that the ministry was providing information and education on modern step agriculture techniques for hill areas through training, talks and many other ways. The Deputy Minister explained further that Irrigation and Water Utilisation Management Department will be conducting agro-business development project of the modern hillside farming system for eastern region during the project period from 2018-2019 to 2023-2024 in Shan State Taunggyi, Hopong and Hsihseng townships.
Similarly, questions raised by U Yan Lin of Kyaiklat constituency on a plan to distribute good breed piglets and chicks to breeders; U Myint Lwin of Twantay constituency on resolving difficulties faced for returning a confiscated land in Twantay Township; U Sai Maung Pwint @ U Aung Pwint of Tangyan constituency on completing the construction of Nam Mike reservoir and U Paik Ko of Pakokku constituency of returning 38.64 acres of land in Pakokku Township to 15 farmers were also answered by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw.

Hluttaw approves Ethnic Rights Protection Rule
Following the asterisk marked question and answer session Bill Committee member U Sai Tun Aye submitted an amendment made by the Bill Committee to Ethnic Rights Protection Rule put forward by the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat obtained the comment of Ministry of Ethnic Affairs and the decision of the Hluttaw and announced the Hluttaw’s approval.
As there was no objection from the Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker then announced the Hluttaw’s approval of the Ethnic Rights Protection Rule as amended.

Citizens’ Fundamental Rights Committee annual report
Next, Pyithu Hluttaw Citizens’ Fundamental Rights Committee annual report was discussed by U Zaw Min Thein of Laymyethna constituency and committee member U Khin Maung Latt responded to the discussion. After committee secretary U Win Myint Aung tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to agree to and accept the report Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the comment of the Hluttaw and approved and the annual report.

Ethnic Affairs and Internal Peace Implementation Committee annual report
Afterwards, Pyithu Hluttaw Ethnic Affairs and Internal Peace Implementation Committee annual report was discussed by U Paul Sai of Dimawhso constituency, Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung constituency, U Kyaw Tin of Saw constituency and U Myint Lwin of Twantay constituency.
Committee chairman U Khun Maung Thaung responded and explained the discussions of the Hluttaw representatives and tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to agree and accept the report. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the comment of the Hluttaw and approved it.

Pyithu Hluttaw Public Accounts Committee annual report
In the final agenda of the day, Pyithu Hluttaw Public Accounts Committee member U Thein Tan tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to agree and accept the committee’s annual report. Here too, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the comment of the Hluttaw and approved it.
16th-day meeting of the 14th regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw is scheduled to be held on 16 December.—Aye Aye Thant (MNA) (Translated by Zaw Min)

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