The start of construction on hospital buildings in Muse and Hinthada were among the issues discussed in the latest meeting of the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday morning.
In reply to the question raised by U Sai Pho Myat of Muse Constituency at the 19th Meeting of 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 3rd Regular Session held on December 21, 2016, Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health & Sports said: “As there was the budget allotment of Ks800 million to construct a 100-bed, 4-storey ward in Muse district general hospital in 2016-2017 fiscal year, the ministry has contracted with the building department of the Ministry of Construction to build the hospital building on a 5-acre plot. Construction work has commenced. It is impossible for the ministry of health and sports to recover the land which had been given out to organisations and for private use, out of the initially permitted land plots. It had been submitted to the Shan State Cabinet to permit another 8.859 acres. If allowed, upgrading the 100-bed ward to a 200-bed one that needs 15 to 20 more acres will be implemented.”
As regards the question raised by U Khin Maung Yi of Hinthada constituency, Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister said: “MBD Construction Company, which won the tender bid to construct the annexed ward of a 4-storey building at a cost of Ks780 million at Hinthada General Hospital in the fiscal year 2015-2016, the company has been building. Depending upon the stage of completion, the payment will be given out to the company. Until now, only 35 per cent of the contract had been finished, thus only Ks273 million was given to the company.
In accord with procedure, the remaining portion of the allotted budget has been given back to the State. Due to failure to be on time for demand of another budget allotment in the 2016-2017 financial year, it had been submitted to allot Ks507 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year to construct the annexed 4-storey building.”
In addition, Dr Myint Htwe, U Win Maw Tun, deputy minister for Health and Sports and Deputy Minister U Maung Maung Win replied to the questions raised by U Khin Cho of Hlinebwe constituency, Daw Tin Tin Yi of Kyunzu constituency, U Khin Maung Thi of Loilem constituency, U Myint Ngwe of Kyaukkyi constituency and U Bo Gyi of Chauk constituency, concerning questionnaire on education, health and public servicemen.
Afterward, U Win Myint, the Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw said: “The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 3rd Regular Session will come to an end today. During the period of the session, 117 asterisk-marked questions and 154 with no asterisks were answered. A total of 10 motions including a special one were submitted to the Hluttaw. There were 6 motions put on record and 4 to be tabled at the next session.
Out of 17 bills which had been discussed, 7 were approved with 10 bills still to be approved.”
He added: “In performing duties vested by the people, all parliamentarians need to be free from racial and political prejudices.
And all need to be well convinced of our deeds intended for national reconciliation and nationwide peace. Only if law abiding is strictly followed by us, will rule of law emerge, which will bring about accountability and responsibility.
When we can accomplish these, our society will surely develop.
It is necessary for us to protect the benefits of the people, to make effort for the emergence of the federal democratic nation, to get rid of destructive elements by constantly finding enemies on our way to the democracy movement and to exert our concerted efforts for the national peace. Finally, I wish all my parliamentarians meeting again in the fourth regular session in good health and happiness.”
December 22, 2016