MP points out weaknesses of union ministries in implementation processes

Soe Min Htike

Union level ministries have been found to have weaknesses in implementing “pledges” they have given in parliament, a member of parliament has commented.

The MP made the remark in his discussion of a report relating to the parliamentary proposals and questions submitted by the Government Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee of the Upper House during a parliamentary session held in Nay Pyi Taw on September 18.

"The parliament tenure has reached three years. Now we are in the ninth regular session. Up to the eight regular sessions, there were 13 proposals, 869 starred questions and 863 ordinary questions. There were four proposals that were pledged to implement, 513 starred questions and 503 ordinary questions. What I want to say is that the union ministries gave their pledges to serve the public interests. There were 1,016 proposals pledged to be implemented. But only 147 have been implemented. That accounts for about only 14 percent. They are very weak in implementing their pledges," said Upper House MP Myint Naing from Rakhine State Constituency No (5).

He urged the committee to try harder to put their money where their mouth is.

"According to the committee report, there are 736 pledges. Among them, there might be some that have yet to start. I raised over 50 questions in parliament and 30 were pledged. Only nine have been implemented. Eleven are underway and 10 have not been touched yet," he said.

The MP then stressed the need for parliamentary steering to prevent loss and wastage of public funds.

The committee report highlighted the importance of prioritising the proposals that have pledged in parliament in spending union, and region/stage budgets.