Chairman of State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing addresses meeting 5/2021 of Management Committee of State Administration Council

Nay Pyi Taw April 22

The Management Committee of the State Administration Council held meeting 5/2021 at the meeting hall of the State Administration Council Chairman’s Office, here, this afternoon, with an address delivered by Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander- in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Also present at the meeting were Vice Chairman of the Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in- Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Union Ministers General Mya Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Soe Htut, U Wunna Maung Lwin, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, U Win Shein, U Aung Naing Oo, U Ko Ko Hlaing, U Chit Naing, U Ko Ko, U Tin Htut Oo, Admiral Tin Aung San, U Khin Maung Yi, U Aung Than Oo, U Myint Kyaing, Dr Pwint Hsan, Dr Nyunt Pe, Dr Thet Khaing Win, U Shwe Lay, Dr Thet Thet Khaing, U Maung Maung Ohn and U Saw Tun Aung Myint and the Union Attorney-General Dr Daw Thida Oo.

First, the minute of meeting 4/2021 of the Management Committee of the State Administration Council of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was approved.

In his address, the Senior General said a government is a core organization for national development.

The country has ethnic armed organizations that are holding different views. Hence, efforts are being made for ensuring peace and stability in the political and security sectors. It is required to gather the united force of ethnic peoples and ethnic groups. So, the relevant committees should take into accounts the means for generating progress and restoring peace, stability and unity. The country will develop only if its economy is robust and health and education standards are high.

As for improving the economy, the country must produce and export marketable goods. So, endeavours should be made to run systematic production businesses. The country needs to manufacture quality goods to have fair prices. Unnecessary steps in the trade process should be reduced to the most possible degree.

Producers and farmers can be able to control the commodity prices and there will be economic growth only if they can sell their goods at reasonable prices. Ministries should take into account the nation’s objective conditions in carrying out their functions and saving the State funds. In this way, the national economy will gain progress.

The State is providing necessary assistance and encourage for producing surplus food. It is also striving for the increase in the fish resources in natural watercourses and developing farming undertakings to improve the social lives of the rural people that represent 70 percent of the country’s population. Departmental officials must make field tours to support and assist the local farmers in regions and states as such activities will ensure progress of businesses. The relevant officials should also make field tours to ensure abundant food supply for the country and push their subordinates for the success of their functions.

The country needs healthy and fit human resources in national development undertakings. As such, it is necessary to control the consumption or abuse of liquor, cigarette, betel quad and narcotic drugs, harmful to health of the humans. Arrangements should be made for the people to consume nutritious foods depending on their incomes. Encouragement should be given to the people to take physical exercises for their healthiness. Myanmar’s expected lifespan is about 66 years, which is less than those of other countries.

Priority must be given to uplift of health sector for ensuring health and fitness of the people.

As infectious rate of COVID-19 is high in some countries including India, Myanmar needs to emphasize preventive measures of COVID-19.

The government needs to fulfill requirements of the people for their health and fitness. Moreover, public awareness for health sector must be undertaken persistently.

With regard to sports sector, taking sports exercises will give health and fitness. Two easiest sports events are walking and running.

Sports achievements of Myanmar remarkably declined in the sports competitions including South-East Asian Games in the last decade.

Holding the sports competitions uplifts the spirit. The Senior General noted that relevant ministries must strive for improvement of the sports sector. Sport is a sector to be encouraged by the State. Plans are underway to fulfill the needs for betterment of sports grounds which plays a key role in holding the sports competitions.

Every developing country fully encourages education sector. It is necessary to seek ways and means for teachers to enjoy entitlements in conformity with their education qualification. Arrangements are being made to open the universities in early May and basic education schools in early June. So, teaching aid courses are conducted for basic education teachers. Local administrative bodies need to fulfill the needs of respective sectors.

Arrangements are being made to turn out larger number of agriculturists and livestock experts in the education sector. The Senior General urged them to insert law subjects into the syllabus of the universities in order to increase legal scholars. While learning university education, it is necessary to create chances for university students to learn business subjects for contributing to development of the State in all aspects.

Measures are necessary for health and education staff participating in the CDM to be able to return to work. Some civil servants continue to be absent from work as they fear social punishment if they walk out of the CDM oractions due to their lack of duty. Those who are not instigators themselves will only face suitable civil service disciplinary actions. They will not be fired. Phone numbers have been issued for complaints against those threatening service personnel to continue the CDM. And effective action will be taken against them.

If health and education staff participating in the CDM want to go back to work as quickly as possible, they will be warmly welcomed as it will benefit the State, the Senior General said.

Next, the Union ministers in attendance discussed their respective sectors and sought approval.

The Senior General continued to say that he emphasized the issuance of national registration cards (Pankhin project) by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.

It is important that every citizen gets their national registration card.

During the project period, all those eligible citizens including ethnic peoples must receive national registration cards. Findings show that there were 4.6 million people who voted in the previous election without having their NRCs. It is important to give priority to issue citizenship identification cards to every eligible voter in the future elections of the country. Under Pankhin project or the project for the flowery path, citizenship identification cards will be issued to over 3.8 million people during the 18-month period and it is necessary for the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health and Sports to cooperate in blood group verification for the applicants of the citizenship identification cards. It is necessary for relevant ministries and administration councils at various levels to cooperate for the tasks of issuing citizenship identification cards for every eligible citizen.

In the economic sector, there are businesses that are cooperating with foreign businesses, those who are operating with foreign loans and grants as well as those who are fully invested fully by foreign countries. There are also business including production enterprises that are running under common interest. It is necessary for relevant ministries to encourage them to distinguish between the interest of the government and the public.

Measures are being taken to reopen schools in order to prevent delays in educational development of students and it is necessary for relevant ministries to cooperate in such efforts and calls have been made to relevant ministries to cooperate fully in such efforts as the country needs educated persons in the future.

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