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Gov’t personnel not willing to work in remote highlands areas

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – MPs discussed a problem of central government health workers in the highlands of Chin State stopping work before the end of their full terms, because of claims of poor roads and insufficient pay.
Hakha, the capital of Chin State, which is one of the poorest areas of Burma with very poor infrastructure.The discussion in Parliament on Thursday centered around hardship service in remote areas and low pay, and stems from concerns in March when Chin Progressive Party (CPP) MP Paw Hlyan Lwin of Chin State constituency No. 9 put forward a motion to assign more doctors to Chin State.

The government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee on Thursday submitted a report saying the government has assigned 22 doctors to the Chin State as its promise.
However, at the present time there are only 10 doctors in Chin State. MP Paw Hlyan Lwin urged the government to help the doctors in regard to poor roads and accommodation, according to MP Phone Myint Aung of the New National Democracy Party.  
Moreover, on Wednesday, Lower House MP Zong Ting of the Union Solidarity and Development Party of the Chipwe constituency submitted a proposal “calling for a change to a suitable rate for the cost of living allowance for service personnel discharging duties in far-flung areas.”
MPs of the Nanyun constituency, Mindat constituency, Mese constituency, Khaunglanphu constituency, Htilin constituency, Hpa-pun constituency, and Tangyang constituency supported the proposal.

Regarding the proposal, Deputy Minister for Finance and Revenue Win Than said that service personnel in remote areas could submit their problems through the respective region or state government.
In regard to other employment issues, on August 31, USDP MP U Nu of Rangoon Region constituency No. 10 raised a question regarding the lack of male teachers at the basic education level.
Union Minister for Education Dr. Mya Aye replied that that the ratio of male staff in the entire academic and administrative staff of the Ministry of Education is 23 percent, and 17 percent of teachers at the basic education level are male. The Minister said that to increase the number of male teachers, the government needed to give promotions to male teachers and grant pay to teachers for over-time, which would require the approval of the central government.
On other issues, in March MP Hla Swe of Magwe Region constituency No. 12 submitted a motion “to build and repair roads that connect Rangoon and Mandalay via Gangaw District.” 

On Thursday, the government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee submitted a report saying that the roads had been repaired. However, MP Hla Swe said the roads have been damaged again because of water erosion and the government’s pledges have not been implemented, MP Phone Myint Aung told Mizzima.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2011 22:21 )  

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