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Mon State Hluttaw receives influx of environmental petitions

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The new Mon State Hluttaw has received the largest number of petition letters regarding land issues and projects, according to the analyzing committee for Petition, Appeal, Submission and General matters.

Concerning the petition letters, committee members will visit project locations and meet with companies. Based on the gathered data, the committee will report to the State Hluttaw and then to state government.

“Thus far, we have received 25 letters. We prioritize matters of natural resource management and public related cases. Personal matters, matters that police shall resolve and unjust matters will be transferred to respective departments,” said U Aung Kyaw, chairman of analyzing Committee for Petition, Appeal, Submission and General matters.

 Mon State Hluttaw (Photo MNA)
Mon State Hluttaw (Photo MNA)

U Aung Kyaw added that public reasoning for submitting the letters is reduced to the absence of transparency and responsibility from companies carrying out their respective projects. This view is also backed up by the Committee for Petition, Appeal, Submission and General matters.

Among the petition letters, the committee considered to prioritize the cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township and mining projects in Oukthanthar Village, Paung Township.

“We have policy in place for how to petition, what kind of matter can be petitioned and what kind of matters shall be handled. The committee will then go to the location or meet with the companies that have been petitioned,” said U Zaw Zaw Htoo, member of analyzing committee for Petition, Appeal, Submission and General matters.

There are 11 members of the analyzing committee for Petition, Appeal, Submission and General matters that gather for a weekly meeting.

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