Plan to amend land use pol­icy ev­ery five years to be added to bill

Mizzima Business Weekly - - Affairs/ News - [Nan Myint]

A pro­vi­sion al­low­ing a change to the land use pol­icy ev­ery five years has been placed in the draft of the Na­tional Land Bill, ac­cord­ing to U Shwe Thein, a con­sul­tant with the Land Use Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

U Shwe Thein said, “Un­like a ‘crony-law’, a pol­icy can­not be used for many years [with­out amend­ment]. In the bill, we have in­cluded a pro­vi­sion to change the pol­icy ev­ery five years, and for the change to the pol­icy to be based on re­search find­ings.”

The clauses set­ting the stan­dards and pro­ce­dures to pro­tect the land rights of the peo­ple, in­clud­ing peo­ple from mi- nori­ties, will be con­tained in the land use pol­icy, ac­cord­ing to U Shwe Thein.

Land own­er­ship and land use con­tinue to be con­tentious is­sues in Myan­mar, with land grabs of­ten spark­ing protest.

Re­gional MP U Kyaw said, “If a land use pol­icy should be amended ev­ery five years in the peo­ple’s in­ter­est, it must be amended. The pol­icy needs to bring ben­e­fit to the cit­i­zens. There­fore the pol­icy must be amended.”

A draft of the land use pol­icy will be com­pleted by late Novem­ber, and will be sub­ject to sug­ges­tions from lo­cal and for­eign ex­perts, stake­hold­ers, civic or­gan- iza­tions and the cit­i­zens.

It will be pub­lished on­line in the Myan­mar and English lan­guages in Novem­ber so that the gen­eral pub­lic can read it and make sug­ges­tions, U Shwe Thein said.

The Na­tional Land Bill will be pre­pared by De­cem­ber and will then be pre­sented to par­lia­ment.

“After en­forc­ing the land use pol­icy, land can­not be care­lessly used with­out com­pil­ing a list of land re­sources. And the au­thor­i­ties will not be able to in­vite in­vestors just to al­lo­cate the land to them thought­lessly,” said U Shwe Thein.

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