Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 5th regular session holds its 21st day meeting

June 26, 2017
At the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting held yesterday, Dr Tun Naing, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy replied to the query raised by Daw Nam Kham Aye of Namtu constituency as to how much income has been received from the sale of natural gas of 12 billion cubic feet for 30-year period from Rakhine offshore which is 793 km long and when 5% of the earning from the approved sale will be handed over to the budget fund of the Shan State, “There is not yet a plan to hand over 5% of the profit from the sale of the natural gas to the budget fund of the Shan State.
Under the law prescribed by the Union, only the earnings on oils and natural gases under the authority of Regions and States are required to be paid to the budget funds for Regions and States. Annually, Budget Fund of the Union is supplying deficits of Regions and States. A total of US $ 121 million from earnings from the sale of natural gases during the FY 2013-2014 to FY 2016-2017 were paid to the Union Budget Fund.”

The Deputy Minister added, “Shwe natural gas project, Rakhine offshore was launched in 2010, and construction period lasted for 3 years or so. In the project, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) invested 50.9%, Daewoo of ROK 25.041%, (ONGC) Oil and Natural Gas Company Limited 8.347% , GAIL (India) 4.1735%, KOGAS of ROK 4.1735% and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise 7.365% respectively. Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise borrowed the loan amounting to Euro 86.16 million from China Development Bank to invest in the project. Of the loan, there are still left Euro 103.64 million with interest included to be repaid. For the time being, until now there is no profit as the said amount is being paid.”

Major-General Aung Soe, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs replied to the question raised by Daw Mar Mar Khaing of Thaton constituency, “Arrangements had been made in 3 steps to equip police forces with modern weapons and firearms used in suppressing riots instead of out-dated and moribund weapons being used presently. In the FY 2012-2013, only 102 long distance communication equipments were installed, with 869 units installed in FY 2015-2016. In addition, 2838 teletypewriters were also installed. So as to fulfill the needed communication equipments, 10% of set-up needs are being demanded annually. Now that budget allotment for the FY 2017-2018 had been granted, arrangements are being made to buy 816 units of communication equipments under 7 titles. In the FY 2016-2017, firearms and related equipments, explosives, 10 machines of computer forensic network, video forensic including machines for examining tiny things and fake currency had been supplied. Portable X-ray machine which can detect images in social forensic, scent detective machine for explosives, drone-hunting machine, video pole camera and bullet catcher collection chamber are to be bought again.”

The Deputy Minister also added, “Arrangements are underway to amend new rates for hiring lodging house for police forces. Up to year 2010, there were altogether 1,844 vehicles in Myanmar Police Force, with more 2,648 units added to it during the period 2011 to 2017. In 2010, oils allotted for those vehicles were 50,000 gallons per month whereas 173,609 gallons are being used per month. From 2014 till 2016 every individual of the police forces including officers and other ranks at different levels was allowed one suit each plus other necessary suits with charge for sewing included. From 2017 on, every policeman is allowed two suits each plus other necessary suits with charge for sewing included. As for ration provision for police forces, each was granted up to Ks 1,800 per day with effect from 1st January 2017, with travelling allowance for investigation was allowed up to Ks 10,000 for one case as of FY 2016-2017. As for transportation charge of culprits, starting from FY 2013-2014, Ks 50,000 was granted for a major case, with Ks 30,000 for other and Ks 10,000 for a prevention case allowed respectively. Depending upon situations in which cases happen, a township police station was granted Ks 1.8 million to the maximum and Ks 100,000 to the minimum whereas for outpost police stations Ks 1.2 million to the maximum and Ks 30,000 as imprest amount, hence no need for police station to use their own money.”

Kyaw Thu Htet, Aye Aye Thant (MNA)

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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