Pre-1988 land is­sues will not be con­sid­ered, chief min­is­ter says

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

NO ac­tion will be taken against farm­ers who take part in “plough cam­paigns” to cul­ti­vate land they claim was stolen from them, Man­dalay Chief Min­is­ter U Zaw Myint Maung has an­nounced. He said on July 1 that the po­lice would no longer make ar­rests for tres­pass­ing and caus­ing “dam­age” in such cases.

The chief min­is­ter said the re­gional govern­ment was now con­sid­er­ing 500 com­plaints from farm­ers that their land had been seized, but would not con­sider claims for land al­legedly con­fis­cated be­fore 1988.

“We’ve re­ceived com­plaints about land is­sues dat­ing back to 1965, and we haven’t even fin­ished read­ing them yet,” said U Zaw Myint Maung.

“Our pol­icy is that we won’t con­sider com­plaints dat­ing back to be­fore 1988. We un­der­stand there were losses, and peo­ple couldn’t com­plain then, so they are com­plain­ing now. We will take ac­tion in ac­cor­dance with the 2012 land law on lands left over from projects. So plough cam­paigns will stop and farm­ers will not face ac­tion un­der sec­tions 447 and 427 for tres­pass­ing and caus­ing dam­age. There will be no protests af­ter they get their land back.”

The re­gional govern­ment’s com­mit­tee of in­ves­ti­ga­tion on con­fis­cated land will work in con­cert with the Union-level com­mit­tee set up for that pur­pose, he said.

Most of the is­sues aris­ing from com­plaints that land was con­fis­cated by the mil­i­tary, govern­ment de­part­ments, and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies oc­curred in Pyin Oo Lwin.

– Trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

Man­dalay Chief Min­is­ter U Zaw Myint Maung at­tends a Man­dalay Re­gion Hlut­taw spe­cial meet­ing on July 1.

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

Man­dalay Mayor U Ye Lwin an­nounces the for­ma­tion of a land-grant in­ves­ti­ga­tion team at a Man­dalay Re­gion Hlut­taw spe­cial ses­sion on July 1.

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