Mandalay govt to make regional laws more responsive

Authorities are looking into amending Mandalay’s City Development Law to make it more responsive to the needs of the people.

The law was first enacted in 2014 and after the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) came into power in 2016 it amended the law by holding elections for the municipal committee members.

Over the weekend the local government held a three-day consultation at the regional parliament to listen to opinions about amending the law.

“Hearing the people’s voice is necessary to amend a law,” said Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung.

U Tin Aung, chair of Mandalay Region Legislative Committee, said some of the provisions in the law will be removed and could be replaced to improve the delivery of services to the people.

The draft bill amending the law has already been finalised in collaboration with the Parliamentary Legislative Committee and the Public Affairs Committee.

The proposed bill was submitted to the city development committee for review and the committee is conducting consultations before it makes a final decision on the proposal, said U Tin Aung.

He said, so far the consultations have about matters that concern the Department of Markets and Department of Slaughter Houses. The other 14 departments have yet to conduct their own consultations.

“Through the hearing, we can learn which laws and regulations are in need of reform. For example, no rules for market affairs committee have been made. If such rules come out, they will have more authority so that they can give more protection to shop owners. There is also traffic congestions in town, so from this hearing of public voices, we can find a way how to provide authority for the city development committee to address the issue,” U Tin Aung said.

U Myat Kyaw Oo, deputy chair of Mandalay’s Zay Cho Taw market committee, said there are some points in regulations about market management that need amendments.

He said that the amendments to the market management regulations should include provisions similar to the Yangon City Development Committee Law, which has sections on security, cleanliness, discipline and building maintaining, which are major areas of concern for a market.


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