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Parliament: questions, answers; recess till Monday

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – According to MPs attending the Burmese Parliament sessions in Naypyidaw, both houses will recess on Friday and resume on Monday.

Lower House MP Tin Nwe Oo said the recess is meant to allow MPs to take part in the full moon alms rice-offering ceremony at temples.

In Thursday's sessions, Lower House MP Aung Zin raised a question about whether the government would enact a law allowing farmers to keep their crops in both private and public warehouses, by paying prescribed storage fees The move would enable farmers to  achieve more stable prices for their produce, he said.

Economics and Commerce Minister Tin Naing Thein responded, saying that it would be necessary to build confidence among farmers in this regard and that there were not enough warehouses at this time. To build the required warehouses would take time, he said.

In the question period in the Upper House, MP Pau Lian Lwin from Chin State asked about the appointment of more ethnic Chin medical doctors in Chin State. Health Minister Dr. Kyaw Myint said that such a plan is underway.

MP Steven Thar Beik asked about establishing a board for enhancing education in the health service sector. Health Minister Dr. Kyaw Myint said that the ministry is now conducting educational and awareness campaigns on common seasonal diseases.

MP Dr. Myat Nyarna Soe asked about the black market trading of fuel. Energy Minister Lun Thi said that the government was working to reduce and eliminate the illegal trade of fuel.

Construction Minister Khin Maung Myint answered questions raised by MPs about road building in Shan and Kachin states by confirming the government was carrying out road work in the states.

Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Htay Oo answered questions raised by MP Sai Win Khaing about whether farmers are allowed to trade their seasonal crops freely, by saying the government would assist when significant situations arose.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 March 2011 09:18 )  

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