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The 28th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw was held yesterday. The MPs discussed asterisk-marked questions, the Myanmar Investment Rule and the resettlement of 55 households from Rakhine camps to Yangon in 2017.

Some 18 MPs debated a motion by U Maung Myint from Mingin Constituency to review the union government’s decision to relocate 55 Kaman families from three camps in Yanbye, Kyaukpyu and Pauktaw townships in Rakhine State.

Tatmadaw MP Lt-Col Aung Kyaw Moe said the union government had ignored the final report of the Advisory Commission of Rakhine  State (recommendation 25), which noted that the government should try to ensure nternally displaced persons (IDPs) return to their places of origin. He said relocating them to Yangon  would set a poor ample for relocation plans after the closure of IDP camps. He called for an affirmation on whether the relocated Kaman families did so of their own choice, and whether they all had national registration cards (NRCs). He said that terrorists can pose as IDPs to participate in relocation programmes, so he advised a thorough inspection and reviews.

Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung responded that the 55 families had moved to Yangon of their own choice, as a previous batch of Kaman families had already moved to Yangon to receive medical treatment after the communal violence in 2012.

He said the Kaman families have already undergone NRC inspection, in accordance with the 1982 National Citizenship Law, and are officially recognized as an ethnic nationality in Myanmar. He said the Kaman were allowed to move to Yangon, as Article 355 of the Constitution states that citizens have the right to settle and reside in any place within the country.

Deputy Minister U Soe Aung said his ministry had also conducted a discussion meeting, led By Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye, with members of the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State representatives from ethnic communities, and civil organisations to review and fulfill the needs of the IDPs in Rakhine State. The Deputy Minister said the motion should be put on record.

U Maung Myint requested the Pyithu Hluttaw to arrive at a decision via electronic voting, and the results were 136 approval votes, 236 turndowns and eight neutral votes. Therefore, Speaker U Win Myint announced that the proposal would be left as a record.

The Pyithu Hluttaw also decided that three nurseries in Hlinethaya Township will have their duties transferred from the Ministry of Construction to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Speaker U Win Myint also announced further discussions on the Myanmar Investment Rule, reviewed by the Amyotha Hluttaw with no amendments.

The next meeting of the Pyithu Hluttaw will be held on 16 March.

Reference: GNLM

March 15, 2018