June 10, 2017
Government is seriously prioritizing the task of transferring land back to farmers as agriculture is their life and hope, said Vice President U Henry Van Thio yesterday morning in Kayin State in the southeast of the country.
The government has adopted policies and work programs for retransfer of unused land to original owners soonest, the Vice President said at the ceremony to give back seized land to the rightful owners in Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin State.
The Central Committee in coordination with the relevant ministry and organizations and the local governments is facilitating the work of solving the land problem, said U Henry Van Thio who also inspected regional development and natural disaster prevention undertakings of the state.
Chief Minister of the state Daw Nang Khin Htwe Myint reported on the accomplishments of the land retransfer project and future programs.
Nearly 18 acres of land abandoned by the Ministry of Defence, and over 540 acres abandoned by the Ministry of Industry were returned to 76 farmers under temporary permits.
Accompanied by Union Minister Naing Thet Lwin, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe and officials, the Vice President visited the office of the crop development project in Hpa-an.
The Vice President’s inspection tour also included the plot where a shelter that can accommodate up to 400 people will be built, One Stop Service, the plots designated for ethnic affairs branch, and the technical school (Hpa-an) for ethnic youths of border regions in Hpa-an.
At the technical school the Vice President met with its teachers and students and praised it as the important facility for regional and national development.
The school which started classes on 2 January 2014 is the result of the joint efforts of the Bridge Asia Japan. The Vice President and party then visited the home for the aged construction project, the government technical high school that is opening classes in cooperation with organizations such as Myanmar Norwegian Refugee Council and Swisscontact in the regional capital and river bank erosion prevention project in two villages in Hpa-an township.
Japan International Cooperation Agency contributed K 220 million and the local government K 443.5 million to the project.
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