Confiscated land returned to farmers in An, Rakhine State: Vice President

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio meets with farmers at the ceremony to return confiscated land to farmers in An, Rakhine State. Photo: MNA

Over 300 acres of farmland released by the Ministry of Defence were returned to 41 farmers in An, Rakhine State, yesterday in the presence of Vice President U Henry Van Thio.
At the ceremony held at the Shwe An Taung Hall in An, Vice President U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as Chairman of the Central Committee for Rescrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, expressed thanks to the Ministry of Defence, Rakhine State Government and departments concerned for returning the farmland to the small farmers. He also said that the Union Government is committed to promoting rights and socio- economic life of farmers, pledging to bring about sufficiency of food and to find new overseas markets for agricultural produce.
At the ceremony, a representative of the Ministry of Defence handed over the release documents for the farmlands to the Kyaukpyu District Deputy Commissioner. The central committee adopted 52-point processes and has been implementing them to solve the complicated land confiscation issues demanding paper documents, evidences and legal matters. “We need to take time to solve such complicated issues correctly and we are doing our best to solve the land confiscation issues with compassion and fairness, in accordance with the State Counsellor’s instruction,” said Vice President U Henry Van Thio.
Being directly related with promotion of socio economy of the people, land management issue should be carried out correctly in accordance with the rules and regulations of the laws and procedures,” said the Vice President. “Land management issues should be implemented in fairness, compassion and free from malpractices,” said the Vice President. Small farmers are relying on agriculture and livestock breeding on their farmland for their livelihood. Therefore, the Union government is making efforts by placing great emphasis on returning confiscated farmland and land use rights to original farmers and extended reclamation of farmland. The National Land Use Council is reviewing the existing laws related to land management as part of efforts for drafting the national land use law which can guarantee benefits for the entire mass of the people, said the Vice President.
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pyu presented temporary land use permit Form-3 to 15 farmers from Linpankya Village; Rakhine State Agriculture, Livestock, Forest and Mining U Kyaw Lwin to 15 farmers and Brig-Gen Kyaw Hoe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, to 11 farmers. After the ceremony, Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected construction of Darlat Bridge on the Sittway-An Road, which saw 85 per cent completion. The work on construction of the bridge started on 20 August, 2016, and on completion, the bridge which would be 960 feet long can withstand 75 tons of load.

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