Par­lia­ment ap­proves amended ward, village tract law

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­

THE third it­er­a­tion of an amend­ment bill to the con­tro­ver­sial Ward and Village Tract Ad­min­is­tra­tion Law cleared the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw yes­ter­day, af­ter pro­tracted dis­cus­sions – and some dis­agree­ment – be­tween the two houses of par­lia­ment.

Law­mak­ers re­solved in Septem­ber to re­move a pro­vi­sion that re­quired house­hold­ers to no­tify au­thor­i­ties of any non-fam­ily guests, but the bill had yet to be fi­nalised.

Yes­ter­day’s ses­sion saw 13 sub­sec­tions of the pro­posed amend­ment bill agreed to by MPs.

The sec­tions and sub­sec­tions that were the sub­ject of clash­ing opin­ions be­tween the up­per and lower houses have been worked out, said Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.

“This law will bring dis­tinc­tive ben­e­fits be­cause it was aimed to pro­vide rights that the peo­ple de­serve,” said Amyotha Hlut­taw MP U Aung Kyi Nyunt (NLD; Magwe 4), a mem­ber of the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw Joint Bill Com­mit­tee.

The bill, in its third in­car­na­tion, no longer re­quires re­port­ing of overnight guests. How­ever, the bill states that house guests stay­ing more than one month must re­port to the rel­e­vant ward or village ad­min­is­tra­tor.

“No more re­port­ing of overnight guests can re­lieve stress for mi­grant work­ers and con­struc­tion work­ers. If those who would stay for more than one month re­port to rel­e­vant ward or village ad­min­is­tra­tor, they can avoid un­nec­es­sary prob­lems,” said U Aung Kyi Nyunt.

The Ward and Village Tract Ad­min­is­tra­tion Law was no­to­ri­ous for its mis­use by the for­mer mil­i­tary regime, which used it as a way of keep­ing tabs on dis­si­dents. – Pyae Thet Phyo, trans­la­tion by

Emoon and Zar Zar Soe

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Chil­dren share food at Pa Kahtawng IDP camp in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State, on June 4.

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