100-day plan business as usual
THE National League for Democracy’s much-touted 100-day plan for its few months in office did not see a marked increase in productivity, say representatives of three ministries. Speaking at a press conference on August 12, officials from Foreign Affairs, Electricity and Energy, and Border Affairs said they saw no marked increase in output compared to that under the previous government.
Ministry of Border Affairs permanent secretary U Ye Naing rejected the idea that the 100day plan had somehow spurred government staff into action.
“Ministries didn’t start performing only when the 100-day project was implemented. Ministries were always performing [under the previous administration],” he said.
“Ministries performed tasks effectively in [the 100-day period],” added permanent secretary U Htein Lin from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, also noting this was not a departure from status quo. However, U Htein Lin said that meeting the myriad challenges facing the country in its development would require a sustained effort, rather than short bursts of effectiveness.
“We have a long way to go. We understand 100 days is just a period for our staff to show an effective contribution. [We will now] extend this from 100 days to 500 days,” he said.
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo
A large pile of seized firewood lies near Ho Late village in Pyin Oo Lwin township.