Pyin Oo Lwin res­i­dents per­mit­ted to trans­fer land own­er­ship

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

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

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