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No action in Inlay Lake area despite conservation law

1586 Daily Eleven

Although the Inlay Lake Conservation Law has been enacted, no action is seen as an administrative body could not have been formed within 90 days.

Shan State Parliament approved the law during the 17th regular meeting on December 19 last year after the amendment, cancellation and supplementation of some provisions of the draft law.

“The draft bylaw is in hand now. It has been sent to Dr Tun Hlaing because it was drafted together with the law. They seem to find it difficult to call meetings during the Covid-19 outbreak,” said Shan State Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr Nyi Nyi Aung.

Local resident Myat Min Soe said: “The law has come out. The parliament has approved it, but the government has not taken any action in accord with the law. An administrative body must be established within 90 days after the law enactment. This can be done online. This will be a committee. Now they have only a temporary office. No action is seen even after the law has come out. Chapter (4) is about administrative duties. It does not say a bylaw comes directly after the enactment. The committee formation is a must.”

The law states that an administrative committee must be formed within 90 days after the enactment.

The committee will be formed with 23 members including Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation as chairman, Minister for Inn Ethnic Affairs as vice chairman-1 and Minister for Kayah Ethnic Affairs as vice chairman-2.

“It’s true. They could not have formed a committee. The Shan State government has to do this. It has not passed a bylaw. This must be done by the government, not a parliamentary representative,” said MP Khin Maung Win from Nyaungshwe Township, who submitted the bill.

IMAGE: Photo shows part of Inlay Lake

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