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Opposition MPs quiz Yangon govt about keeping confiscated lands

An opposition politician has asked the Yangon Region government why it is still holding land released by the Tatmadaw during previous administrations.

U Maung Myint, MP of the United Solidarity and Development Party for Mingin township, Sagaing Region, said the Yangon government should have returned thousands of hectares of confiscated land that were relinquished by the Tatmadaw to their original owners.

Instead, the regional government submitted a proposal to use the land for other projects, he said.

“We know that the Yangon government plans to implement projects by seizing land, and the President’s Office has approved it in principle,” he told a Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) session.

“The land confiscation covers millions of hectares around Yangon. But they can’t answer what kind of projects, who are the investors, and whether they have sought permission from the investment commission,” he added.

U Maung Myint said the regional government is considering approving the land for other uses, with 20 percent going to the landowners and 80pc to Yangon.

He said the President’s Office agreed to the 20-80 sharing plan in principle in June 2018.

He said it involved at least 18,527 acres in Twante township, 1000 acres in Hlegu township and 9000 acres in East Dagon township.

U Aung Hlaing Win, MP for Mingaladon constituency, said the Yangon government might have misused its power by continuing to hold on to the land.

“At a meeting held last year at our Insein district office, they said if people do not agree with the 20-80 share percentage, their land will remain agricultural land forever,” he said.

U Maung Myint said that under the Land Confiscation Law, only the union government can carry out land confiscation, not regional governments.

During the two previous military juntas, the government returned 212,900 hectares of land to their original owners, while 69,783 hectares are still under investigation and in the process of being returned. – Translated

Source : Myanmar Times

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