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The 22nd meeting of the eleventh regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw was held at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall of the Hluttaw building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.

At the meeting asterisk marked questions were raised and answered, a report on the bill read and a motion discussed and approved.

Asterisk marked question

First asterisk marked question for a plan to remove squatter shops on a road owned by Construction Ministry in Putao Township, Myoma Ward was raised by U Moe Shwe of Putao constituency. Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Linn replied that even though the question mentioned 8 shops, there were in fact 13 shops beside the said road.

A meeting was held between the shop owners who rented the shops and departmental organisations on 24 January 2019 where 10 shops agreed to remove the shops by end February 2019. Later the shop owners submitted their difficulties in relocating to a new place in time and pledged to remove the shops by end June 2019. Putao based Tactical Commander and Tactical Operations Command was being coordinated to remove the remaining 3 shops that were operated for the Putao cantonment welfare said the Deputy Minister on behalf of Kachin State government.

A question by U Kyaw Shwe of Yanbye constituency on a plan to construct a Bailey bridge or a reinforced concrete bridge over Hone creek in Yanbye Township for ease of transport of Rakhine and Chin villages in the area was  then answered by Deputy Minister U Kyaw Linn again. TheDeputy Minister said the subject wooden bridge was constructed by the locals themselves but is now required to be upgraded as a reinforced concrete bridge. A fund was earmarked in the fiscal year 2019-2020 Rakhine State government fund and implementation will depend upon allocation of fund explained the Deputy Minister.

Following this, questions raised by U Maung Myint of Mingin constituency, U Aung Myint Shein of Mabein constituency, U Kyaw Min of Letpadan constituency, U Myint Ngwe of Kyauk Kyi constituency and Daw Thandar of Einme constituency were answered by Myanmar Investment Commission member Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Set Aung and Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Linn.

Basic Education Bill

Next, Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun tabled a Basic Education Bill and Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member Dr. Wai Phyo Aung read and explained a report on the bill.

An announcement was then made by Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat for Hluttaw representatives who want to table an amendment motion to register their names.

Hluttaw approves motion on reviewing permitted investment on state owned properties and businesses

Afterward a motion tabled by Daw Khin San Hlaing of Pale constituency urging the Union Government to review permitted investment on state owned lands, buildings and businesses, take effective action including rescinding the investment permit if an investment is not in accordance to the pledges made, to implement new projects that are beneficial to the citizens, people in the region and businesses and make best uses of state-owned assets was discussed by the Hluttaw.

U Soe Aung Naing of Kyonpyaw constituency, U Saw ThalaySaw of Shwegyin constituency, U Aung Htoo Myint of Aunglan constituency, U Tin Tun Naing of Seikkyi-Khanaungto constituency, U Maung Maung Oo of Insein constituency, U Aung Myint of Thayawady constituency, U Nyan Linn of Shwepyitha constituency, U Nyunt Aung of Monywa constituency, Daw Mar Mar Khine of Thaton constituency, U Tin Ko Ko Oo of Bilin constituency, U Maung Myint of Mingin constituency, U Kyaw Aung Lwin of Sedoktara constituency, U Phone Myint Aung of DaikU constituency, Daw Tin Tin Yi of Kyunsu constituency, U Thet Naing Oo of Yebyu constituency, Dr. Daw Kyi Moh Moh Lwin of Singaing constituency, U Myint Han Tun of Budalin constituency, U Ye Lwin of Ahlon constituency and U Nyan Hein of Thanbyuzayat constituency discussed the motion.

On behalf of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) and Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Myanmar Investment Commission member Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Set Aung then discussed the motion and said relevant ministries will take action against investors who obtained state owned lands, buildings and businesses but did not conduct works according to the pledges made. MIC and relevant ministry will conduct field surveys to ensure strict following of the agreements and if required, the agreement itself will be reviewed and rediscussed. To prevent giving permission easily to incapable investors, President’s Office had issued instructions and guidelines to lease stateown lands, buildings and businesses through a transparent and competitive tender system.

Furthermore, works were being conducted so that only true investors are provided (leased) with the required land and building. MIC and relevant ministries were also jointly reviewing agreements made and will re-negotiate and discuss where amendments were required. As the matters mentioned in the motion were already being conducted together with better arrangements in future, the motion is recommended to be put on record said the Deputy Minister. As the motion proposer wish for the  motion to be approved, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the decision of the Hluttaw through a vote where there were 215 for, 117 against and 4 abstaining. Accordingly an announcement was made of the motion being approved by the Hluttaw.

The 23rd meeting of the eleventh regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw will be held on 11 March.

Reference: GNLM

March 8, 2019