Man­dalay town­ships to get new de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tees

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

DE­VEL­OP­MENT com­mit­tees through­out Man­dalay are ex­pected to get newly ap­pointed mem­bers this month, a re­gional of­fi­cial said.

Each of the 22 town­ships has a city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee made up of a chair and three mem­bers – leav­ing a to­tal of 88 po­si­tions up in the air. This is not to be con­fused with Man­dalay City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee (MCDC), which is a sin­gle mun­ci­pal en­tity made up of 13 elected or ap­pointed mem­bers.

The 88 sit­ting de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee mem­bers were sus­pended as of Septem­ber 30. Un­der the new mu­nic­i­pal law, the de­vel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ terms were sup­posed to ex­pire in con­junc­tion with the Man­dalay Re­gion Hlut­taw, Man­dalay Re­gion’s Min­istry of City De­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor U Min Aung Myint Soe said on Oc­to­ber 4.

“Com­mit­tee mem­bers for rel­e­vant town­ships have been elected,” U Min Aung Myint Soe said. “So we al­ready have new mem­bers to sub­sti­tute. Once the re­gional govern­ment ap­proves of the as­sign­ments, we will ap­point them.”

Af­ter the new re­gional govern­ment took of­fice, it ar­ranged to re­struc­ture the town­ship’s city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tees.

“Re­struc­tur­ing the com­mit­tees is a good plan,” said U Soe Naing, who ran in the Meik­tila town­ship City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee elec­tion. “Elec­tions were held to as­sign new mem­bers for the com­mit­tee. It is trans­par­ent.”

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