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Key legislation passed in third Parliament session

(Mizzima) – The Burmese government passed important legislation essential to democratic reforms in the third session of Parliament, which ended on Sunday.
A joint session of the Burmese Parliament meets in Naypyitaw.  Photo: Mizzima
A summary of domestic and international media showed that the session, which began on January 26, accomplished the passage of the Foreign Investment Law Amendment Bill, the Environmental Conservation Bill, the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Amendment Bill, the 2011 Farmland Bill and the 2012 Union Budget Bill, the first passed under the newly elected government, which assumed office in March 2011.

Of the approved legislation, the Ward and Village Tract Administration Bill, the Supplementary Union Budget Allocation Bill (2012), the 2012-13 National Planning Bill and the Election Commission Bill have been endorsed by the president to become laws.

In summary:

– The National Planning Law set an economic target growth of 6.7 per cent for the current fiscal year; the agriculture sector is projected to grow 3 per cent; the industry sector, 10.5 percent; services sector, 8.3 percent and net production and services sector at 6.7 percent.

– The law amending the 2012-2013 National Planning Law cut the budget of special development projects in the President's Office by 31.36 per cent; the Information and Public Relations Department and News and Periodicals Enterprise by 1.77 per cent; the traffic island construction and landscaping work of the Sports Ministry by 20.26 per cent; the Zabuthiri Sports Complex by 20.93 per cent; the Irrigation Department by 28.74 per cent; the Mechanized Farming Department by 65.89 per cent; and Pharmaceuticals and Foodstuff Industries , Ceramic Industries and No. 2 General Heavy Industries by 5 per cent.

The law totally suspended the work of the Myanmar Industrial Development Ministry; cut the work of the minister's office of the Ministry of Electric Power-1 by 10.45 per cent; the Ministry of Electric Power-2 by 9.93 per cent; Public Works by 30 per cent and Myanmar railways by 7.9 per cent.

– In the budget bill for the year 2012-13, the defense budget is proposed at 14.94 per cent, lower than 2011-12's 23.6 percent, while the education budget is 4.91 per cent, slightly higher than 2011-12's 4.13 percent; and health budget at 2.93 per cent, higher than 2011-12's 1.3 per cent.

In legislation designed to help end governmental corruption, the finance ministry announced that starting April 1, all state employees will be given allowances of 30,000 kyat (US$ 37.5) in addition to their basic pay per month, while state-employed workers on daily wages will receive a 1,000 kyat allowance ($1.3) per day in addition to their basic daily pay.

The government also granted double basic pay plus an extra allowance of 30,000 kyat ($37.5) per month for state employees serving in remote and socially difficult areas in the country. The measure covered 87 remote townships and sub-townships in nine regions or states – Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Rakhine, Shan and Yangon.

The Parliament’s next session will start in late April.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:19 )  

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