Mandalay MPs Scrutinise Suspicious Land Transfers During Transfer of Power

A land investigation team yesterday submitted a report to the Mandalay Region government about the allocation of more than 1,700 acres (688 hectares) of land to individuals, including family members of some department heads, during the period of the power transfer between the incoming and outgoing governments.

“We will sign and submit this report today. Some allocated land plots in the municipal area are found to be in the names of families of government department heads. We know about that after comparing those cases with households. Some plots belong to the children of department heads,” said Myint Aung Moe, leader of the inspection team and Mandalay Region MP for Chanmyathazi Township constituency. “Some are two-acre plots. Following the report, the government will act as soon as possible, I believe.”

The inspection learned that 166 people had been given more than 1,120 acres of land for agricultural and other purposes, and 240 people in the city municipal area more than 500 acres. The MP said some plots were allocated for other purposes besides farming, but no business transactions had been found. That was an incorrect procedure, he said.

During a parliamentary session of the Mandalay Region parliament held on June 30, Myint Aung Moe tabled a motion calling for the confiscation of public lands allocated to individuals found unused after a review. Ten MPs made supported the proposal, which was later approved by parliament.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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