Some State Parliaments Approve Creation of Immigration Ministries

By San Yamin Aung 25 June 2019

YANGON—At least four state and regional governments have so far approved Union President U Win Myint’s proposal that a ministry of immigration and human resources be established by each government at the state and regional level across the country.

His proposal was sent to the speakers of the state and regional parliaments last week.

The Mandalay Region parliament was the first to approve the establishment of the new ministry last Friday. It was followed by the legislatures in Yangon Region, Karen State and Sagaing Region. Some parliaments are currently taking short recesses.

According to Article 248(c)1 of the Constitution, the President specifies the number of ministries and ministers needed for each state and region. The numbers may be increased or decreased with the approval of the respective state parliament.

Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung said the new ministry will focus on creating job opportunities and collecting census data, local media outlet Mizzima Daily reported.

Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint told The Irrawaddy on Monday that the establishment of the new ministry is necessary, as her state needs to deal with the registration of returnees who were once refugees in camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border.

Most state and regional governments currently have around six ministries each, such as Planning and Finance; Security and Border Affairs; Electricity and Industry; Social Affairs; Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation; and Development Affairs.

Nyein Nyein contributed reporting to this story.

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