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Yangon Hluttaw kept in the dark over projects of regional government

Myitmakha News Agency

Yangon, September 9 – Hluttaw committees are planning to summon civil servants from regional government to explain why the media appear to be the only people privy to projects being implemented within Yangon Region by local government, said U Than Naing Oo, Yangon Regional Hluttaw MP for Pabedan Township Constituency 1.

“The media community is told what projects regional government will carry out, all the while Hluttaw is kept completely in the dark about such activities. Some Hluttaw committees are saying they’re going to summon regional government civil servants to come and explain in detail about the projects they’re implementing,” said the parliamentarian.

Regional government has addressed Hluttaw, stating they will implement an e-Yangon project in the region, but anything other than this is reportedly yet to be seen.

“We’re not seeing an e-Government being implemented,” added U Thein Naing Oo. “The [regional] minister said an e-Yangon would be carried out when he met with MPs. He even said things would be done with immigration in an interview he made. But, there’s yet to be any evidence to show anything is actually being carried out.”

U Naing Nan Lin, Yangon regional government Minister for Social Welfare, told Myitmakha News Agency that Hluttaw MPs have no knowledge of decisions made by regional government to conduct projects in the region, only finding out when joint meetings are convened.

“How could Hluttaw MPs be privy to such matters? They are only informed when joint meetings are held. How could we know about all the decisions our government makes? I think the questioning of regional government on its activities by [Hluttaw] committees is a good thing,” he said.

Yangon Region Hluttaw will reconvene for regular sessions come the end of this month of September, while Hluttaw MPs are reportedly busy preparing their questions for regional government on projects they currently still know little to nothing about.

According to article 251 of the 2008 constitution, project related activities to be implemented within states of regions across Myanmar must be conducted with agreements from state and region Hluttaws.

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