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The second Pyithu Hluttaw’s tenth regular session held its ninth meeting yesterday at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall in the Hluttaw Building in Nay Pyi Taw. During the session, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, a report was read, a bill was approved, and a motion was discussed and decided upon.

Asterisk-marked questions

During the ninth meeting, asterisk-marked questions were raised by seven Hluttaw representatives and they were answered by the Deputy Minister for Construction, U Kyaw Lin.

U Kyaw Aung Lwin of Sedoktara constituency asked the Union government whether it plans to construct a suspension or Bailey bridge across the Mone Creek in the northern part of Sedoktara Township. The Deputy Minister replied that starting from fiscal year 2019-2020, funds will be earmarked for the construction of the bridge. Depending on the availability of funds, construction work will be implemented, he said.

U Sai Kyaw Moe of Mongpan constituency asked if the government will upgrade the Thanlwin Suspension Bridge (Tasan) linking southern and northern Shan State to a reinforced concrete bridge, with a load-bearing capacity of 70 tons. The Deputy Minister said the government plans to construct a Steel Truss Frame bridge with load capacity of 60 tons. Construction will start in the fiscal year 2018-2019 with Union funds, he said. The work will be completed if sufficient funds are obtained in Fiscal Year 2019-2020, he added.

U Kyaw Htay of Leshi constituency asked the government when it plans to construct a bridge across the Chindwin River on the Htamanthi-Leshi-India border road. The Deputy Minister replied that the bridge is included in the long-term Master Plan, and the Sagaing Region’s Government is coordinating and discussing the matter with the Ministry of Construction.

“The bridge will be an estimated half-mile in length. During the rainy season, the Chindwin River flows rapidly. So, powerful machinery is required to build the bridge and there are restraints on the availability of funds. If the Sagaing Region Government can allocate funds in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020, the Ministry of Construction will use the best and most powerful machinery available to construct the bridge,” said the Deputy Minister.

U Pe Than of Myebon constituency asked about plans to tar the road connecting the Minbya-Myebon town and village ahead of the opening of the Kyatsin Bridge on that road. 

The Deputy Minister said due to insufficient funds in the current fiscal year, priority is being given to upgradation of wooden bridges to reinforced bridges. “Therefore, it is not possible to tar the remaining 15/2 miles of the road in time for the opening of the Kyatsin Bridge. Funds will be requested in the next fiscal years and depending on their allocation, the tarring of the remaining portion of the road will be implemented,” said the Deputy Minister.

The Deputy Minister for Construction also responded to questions raised by Daw Thandar of Einme constituency, U Kyaw Shwe of Yanbye constituency, and Daw Ni Ni May Myint of Taungup constituency.

Pyithu Hluttaw Investment and Industrial Development Committee Report read

After the session on asterisk-marked questions, the Pyithu Hluttaw Investment and Industrial Development Committee Report was read by committee member U Aye Min Aung, also known as U Min Min.

The Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker asked Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the report to enrol their names.

Hluttaw decides on Myanmar Mine Rules

Next, Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Nay Myo Tun submitted the Myanmar Mine Rules bill, returned with amendments by the Amyotha Hluttaw. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and approved it.

Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member Dr. Wai Phyo Aung then tabled a motion on two disagreements between the two Hluttaws on the bill, and the Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced the approval of the Hluttaw and follow-up on it.

Hluttaw decides to keep in view and on record motion on waste management

A motion tabled by U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein of Maukmai constituency, urging the Union Government to define and set priority work guidelines on waste management, was discussed by Daw Mar Mar Khine of Thaton constituency, Dr. Daw Khin Sithu of Loikaw constituency, U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon constituency, U Win Myint Oo (also known as U Nay Myo) of Nyaungshwe constituency, U Tin Hla from Danuphyu Constituency, Dr. Daw Kyi Moh Moh Lwin of Singaing constituency, U Saw Victor Clyde of Thandaunggyi constituency, U Aung Theik of Seikpyu constituency, Dr. Daw Pyone of Indaw constituency, Dr. U Myint Thein of Nyaunglebin constituency, U Khin Maung Thi of Loilem constituency, Dr. Daw Khin Nyo of Dedaye constituency, U Nyunt Aung of Monywa constituency, and U Nan Mon Htin of Machanbaw constituency.

U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein had called for the guidelines so that relevant organizations can set up garbage dumping fields and pits for garbage collection and disposal, so that all wards and villages in the country are equally and consistently clean prior to the implementation of the National Waste Management Strategy.

The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Dr. Ye Myint Swe, spoke at length on the matter and proposed that the motion be put on record and to keep it in view as decisions had already been taken and future work plans were already drawn up.

As the Hluttaw representative who tabled the motion still sought the approval of the Hluttaw, the matter was put to vote. The votes were 172 for, 179 against, and 2 abstaining on the motion, and an announcement was made to put the motion on record and keep it in view.

The Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s tenth regular session’s tenth-day meeting will be held today.

Reference: GNLM

December 5, 2018