Published on Friday, 01 March 2013 15:53
Spending on infrastructure and other projects in Nay Pyi Taw is draining funds away from development of rural areas and towns in regions and states, MPs told Parliament this week during debate on the budget for the fiscal year beginning in April.
The government is planning to spend a greater share of its budget on developing the capital than on rural areas and towns in ethnic states and regions, MPs said, pointing to the funds earmarked for new housing, roads, hotel zones, township development and a train station in the capital.
Nay Pyi Taw has been built already, MP Min Swe said. About 10 percent of the budget should be used to finish the job, the representative of Daik-U constituency said.
The government is planning to spend 5.115 trillion kyats for development nationally, of which about 1.783 trillion kyats will be spent on projects in Nay Pyi Taw. Apart from the planning budget, Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee has requested an additional 15 billion kyats.
The government has set aside 1.227 trillion kyats for rural and town developments in seven states, which is less than the amount to be spent on Nay Pyi Taw alone, MPs said.
“Nay Pyi Taw Council is asking for a bigger budget for Nay Pyi Taw’s road construction than [the budget for] major road construction for the entire country,” MP Min Thu said. “We are discussing cutting the budget for Nay Pyi Taw’s construction,” the representative of Dakkina Thiri constituency said.
Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee secretary Maung Toe said spending for Nay Pyi Taw exceeded budget plans while some areas of the country had to finance their own development.