Pre-1988 land issues will not be considered, chief minister says
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
Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung attends a Mandalay Region Hluttaw special meeting on July 1.
Mandalay Mayor U Ye Lwin announces the formation of a land-grant investigation team at a Mandalay Region Hluttaw special session on July 1.