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Effective protection and conservation of the Myanmar wild elephant is being implemented with the help of international organisations, said Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe.
The deputy minister was responding to a question raised by U Nawn Naja Htan of Kachin State constituency in the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 5th regular session 14th day meeting yesterday about determining grazing grounds for domesticated elephants, buffalo and cows in Tanai Township, Kachin State.
The deputy minister said for long-term conservation of the bio-diverse species and its natural habitat, a Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan workshop consisting of departmental organisations, international experts, NGOs, INGOs and locals was held. Underway is the drawing up of a final work plan for protection and conservation of Myanmar wild elephants.
He said domesticated animals in Tanai Township currently numbers 145 elephants, 1,928 buffalo and 1,909 cows, and as per the tradition in Tanai Township, these animals were allowed to roam freely and found to have sufficient area of grazing ground. The proposed grazing ground north of Ledo Road, the upper reaches of Tabi Creek, Lamon Creek and Pyinya Creek, Tanai town is within the designated area of Hukawng Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and thus could not be permitted as grazing ground, the deputy minister said.
On a question raised by U Tet Tun Aung of Rakhine State constituency 2 on a plan to determine the area for Pauktaw Town designated by the union, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe said Pauktaw currently utilizes 420.41 acres and to demarcate and determine a town area a request was submitted by Rakhine State government on 18 May to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation for appointment of the required boundary officers. Once these officers are appointed, boundary determination and demarcation works will be done in accordance with procedures he said.
Next, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe replied to questions by U Hla Myint @ U Hla Myint Than of Mon State constituency 11, U Pe Chit of Yangon Region constituency 9, U Kyaw Than of Rakine State constituency 10 and U Ko Ko Naing of Sagaing Region constituency 8 on designating an area for dwelling, taking actions on those who sold their street vending areas instead of setting up own stalls and appointing sufficient number of health care personnel. Afterward, U Tin Aung Tun of Magway Region constituency 5, U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 and Daw Naw Chris Tun @ Dr. Ahkarmoe debated a bill on registering deeds.