The Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its eleventh-day meeting at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning where asterisk-marked questions were answered by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw and Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo, a bill tabled and a motion discussed.
Replying to a question raised by Dr. Tin Htay Aung of Yesagyo constituency on plans to expand and assign more ward/village land record personnels in the Settlement and Land Records Department, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said Settlement and Land Records Department was renamed and reformed starting from 1 June 2015 under the permission of Union Government Office so that duties and responsibilities assigned according to the 2012 Farmland Law and Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law could be performed. Once the new organisation setup with 20,702 personnel is approved, more personnel can be assigned and the department’s works can be implemented more quickly than now, explained the Deputy Minister.
Next, U Zaw Min Thein of Laymyethna constituency asked when the Hlinethaya-Hinthada railway line can be restarted with systematic management to benefit the people and the state. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Myo said the railway line runs parallel to a road that can be driven anytime and took only about three and half hours of travel time. Travellers from downtown Yangon need to take about an hour and twenty minutes of travel by car to reach the Hlinethaya car gate and some more time to reach Hlinethaya station. The train from Hlinethaya station finally reaches Hinthada at 8 pm, and due to this there wasn’t much people using the train service.
The Hlinethaya-Hinthada railway line was implemented under the instruction of higher authorities and proper feasibility study was not conducted and as the railway track was laid over land retaining much water, the train can travel only up to a speed of 15 miles per hour, making it inefficient, compared to road travel by cars. Income did not match the expenditures for operating it, and the Hlinethaya-Hinthada railway line ceased to operate since 10 June 2016.
If people really need a safe, speedy, timely and comfortable railway travel along this route, under the systematic management to benefit the people and state, depending upon availability of fund, a higher speed electric railway line that starts from Yangon through Hlinethaya to Hinthada will be constructed after proper projects are drawn up and implemented, but at the moment, there is no plan to repair and reconstruct the Hlinethaya-Hinthada railway line and restart the railway operation, said the Deputy Minister.
Deputy Minister U Kyaw Myo also replied to a question raised by Dr. San Shwe Win of Yekyi constituency about plans to provide convenient and cheap internet access for e-learning, in order to obtain knowledge, technology and reference for research works. In his reply made after consulting with Ministry of Education, the Deputy Minister said that under the Ministry of Education there are 123 universities and colleges with internet access while 10 still do not have it. There were 55 schools with e-library, 53 that do not have it and 25 under the process of having an e-library. Depending upon the number of students, government funds are requested and depending upon funds made available, internet access is being provided, said the Deputy Minister.
Myanma Posts and Telecommunications is conducting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) together with relevant departments and in education sector, it is providing internet data access through fiber, ADSL and mobile system. Directorate of Telecommunications is also conducting CSRs by urging and pressing the relevant companies to provide internet access cheaply said the Deputy Minister.
Questions raised by U Ohn Lwin of Nyaungdon constituency, U Sai Kyaw Moe of Mongpan constituency and U Aung Hlaing Win of Mingaladon constituency were also answered by Deputy Ministers U Hla Kyaw and U Kyaw Myo.
Tabling and report read on 2018 Gambling Bill
After the Q&A session, Pyithu Hluttaw Public Affairs Management Committee tabled the 2018 Gambling Bill and Bill Committee member U Pa Hta read and explained a report on it. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat then announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to submit an amendment motion to enroll their names.
Discussing and approving a motion to increase Myanmar fruit production
A motion tabled by U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein of Maukmai constituency to implement in states and regions projects that support and increase Myanmar fruit production was then discussed by U Saw Tun Mya Aung of Papun constituency, U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon constituency, U Aung Kyi Thein of Chaungzon constituency, U Khin Maung Myint of Yaksawk constituency, U Nan Mon Htin of Machanbaw constituency, U Kham Khant Htan of Tongzang constituency, U Sai Tun Sein of Mongpyin constituency, U Yan Lin of Kyaiklat constituency and Daw Wint War Tun of Shadaw constituency.
In his discussion in support of the motion, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said the ministry’s plantations and private plantations are producing and distributing seeds and saplings and permission to import seeds and species are being granted after inspection under the seed law. Information and education on good agricultural practice (GAP) system is being provided continuously, added the Deputy Minister.
Furthermore, in the Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth session, a motion by U Hla San of Magway Region constituency urging the union government to implement the GAP system was approved and the department had conducted trainings and courses (on GAP) and questions on agricultural matters are being answered in a timely manner at call center 067-410139 and 01-2399555.
Emergency rehabilitation program project jointly conducted with World Bank mainly includes providing seeds
and saplings to fruit farms, establishing model sapling farms and providing cold storages in Bago and Sagaing regions, said the Deputy Minister in his discussion in support of the motion.
The Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker then announced the Hluttaw approving the motion after obtaining the decision of the Hluttaw.
The twelfth-day meeting of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session is scheduled for 23 August.
Aye Aye Thant (MNA)