Pyin Oo Lwin residents permitted to transfer land ownership
VILLAGERS in Pyin Oo Lwin township, Mandalay Region, are benefiting from cuts in red tape that allow them to transfer ownership of land, or to change the use to which the land is put. The new system came into force on July 28, said regional hluttaw MP U Aung Min (NLD).
More than 80 land leasing documents and 40 change-of-use permissions for other usages of land have already been granted by township authorities, the land department and the hluttaw as part of their first 100-days project, he said.
“Besides land leasing documents, they are also issuing change-of-use permits for the first time. Residents of Pin Tee village in the Kone Thar group of villages received their [new use] documents, based on scrutiny that has been carried out since last May. We’ve also begun scrutiny for other villages as well, and we will continue to grant the documents,” U Aung Min, who represents Pyin Oo Lwin constituency 1, said yesterday.
Documents are issued subject to three conditions: ownership of the land must be clear; the village in which it is located must contain 100 households; and no villager may object to the proposed permit or lease alteration.
Staff shortages mean that applications are being handled on a villageby-village basis.
“The issuance of these documents guarantees ownership rights. Land was traded on the basis of informal contracts before. We would like to see this system extended in future,” said U Nyunt, a resident of Pin Tee, yesterday.
Pyin Oo Lwin township has 21 wards, 37 village tracts and 116 villages. Out of more than 255,000 residents in total, a majority, 62 percent, are urban dwellers, according to the 2014 census.
– Translation by Kyawt Darly Lin