100-day plan busi­ness as usual

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

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

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

A large pile of seized fire­wood lies near Ho Late vil­lage in Pyin Oo Lwin town­ship.

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