U Soe Thein, the Presidential Office Minister announced that seized farmlands will be returned to rightful owners in October upon production of ownership certificate.
The announcement was made at a meeting on August 23 with the media at the Ministry of Industry Office in Naypyitaw.
U Soe Thein said that currently their first priority is returning farmlands, to the rightful owners who have ownership certificate.
“If there are no objections on their claims of ownership, they will actually own these lands. They can transfer these properties to their offspring as land gift or mortgage them for loans”, said U Soe Thein.
According to U Soe Thein, squatters in more than 1000 villages located in state owned farmlands have been resettled in August.
Kyaw Swar Soe, Chairman of the Farmers’ Development Party Chairman said, “They should stop talking, but walk the talk. I hope all the land seized by the state are returned to the farmers by 2014 for the sake of peace in the country.”
He further pointed out that the government must return all these land to farmers without fail if they could produce ownership certificates and that the this initiative should be taken up on a national scale.
The Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Wei Lwin said on July 16 during a Parliament session that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has given guidelines to return land seized by the armed forces to their rightful owners.
The state-run newspaper ‘The Mirror’ reported on August 24 that out of 655 complaint letters received by the Parliament on the farmlands seized by the armed forces, Lt. Gen. Wei Lwin verified and analyzed 601 complaints. He has decided to relinquish 37,546 acres of seized farmlands and return them to the farmers.