Locals demand Arakan government to pay compensation

Kyaw Win (Kyouk Phyu)
Narinjara, July 27:


The local residents of Ann township in  Arakan State of Myanmar demanded the State government to pay compensation for the affected families of oil & gas exploration & transportation in the locality.

The locals, while meeting the Arakan chief minister on 19 July at Ann town-hall, during his visit to the locality placed the demand. The layout of oil & gas pipeline in Ann township crosses through 37 villages under 9 village tracts. But most of the affected villagers were yet to get adequate compensations.

“We had requested our chief minister to resolve the issue of the farmers, who lost their lands to oil & gas pipeline project. The chief minister informed that a committee would be formed very soon to resolve the matter,” said U Myo Lwin, chairman of Ann local oil & gas watch-out activity group.

The investigation committee will be led by the deputy district administration leader and he would submit the report to the government within two weeks.

Earlier, the Ann township administration leader formed a committee to investigate the matter. However there emerged oppositions from CNPC and MOGE. Then the locals sent a request letter to the government at Sittwe for necessary actions.

The State chief minister was accompanied by the State security & border affairs minister Colonel Htin Linn along with other ministers namely U Minn Aung, U Kyaw Lwin and Dr Aung Chan Thar during his trip to Ann township.


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