Sunday, August 20, 2017

Slashed projects saves billions in Sagaing

The Sagaing Region Hluttaw is saving over K10.2 billion (K10,216.659 million) after cutting down spending on unnecessary projects, its MP said.

Dr Kyaw Thu Han Tun, Sagaing Region MP from the Kanbalu constituency 2, told The Myanmar Times that the decision was made on March 30 after MPs reviewed the budget for unessential projects.

He said cuts were made from projects in every township, following the review.

“We managed to cut K260 million each from the budget from all 37 townships in Sagaing. From the Daung Myu Creek project, we cut K500 million,” he said.

Another project that was scrapped was the Jatropha project, which had not started, Dr Kyaw Thu Han Tun said.

He said the administration would look into matters concerning lands that were taken over by the government for the project.

Dr Kyaw Thu Han Tun said only the budget for non-essential projects were reviewed.

“It is a total of 14 services [projects]. Everything was done within the power of the Hluttaw.

“The assembly studied the services individually for the review, as provided under the Hluttaw rule Section 31 (Hta),” he said.

On March 30, the regional Planning and Finance Minister U Soe Oo told Hluttaw representatives that the projects had been drawn up according to procedures, with budgets set aside for them.

He said if the MPs wanted to stop the implementation of any of the projects, they must review and decide them one by one.

In their review on the projects, there were 55 ayes, four nays and 27 neutral votes for government-related works.
Works related to water and river transport received 54 ayes, four nays and 28 neutral votes.

Other projects and services included in the review were the offices of the attorney-general and auditor, fishery services, cooperatives, natural resources, sports, planning and finance, urban housing and city development.


Translation by Kyaw Soe Htet